HOUSTON (AP) -- Matt Forte rushed for 194 yards to eclipse 2,000 for the season, and he scored five touchdowns to lead Tulane past Rice 45-31 Saturday.
Forte, the nation's leading rusher with 2,007 yards, is the first back in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) with 2,000 in a season since California's J.J. Arrington in 2004. He broke the Conference USA rushing record of 1,964 yards set by DeAngelo Williams of Memphis in 2005.
Forte tied his C-USA record with the five touchdowns. He scored that many Sept. 22 against Southeastern Louisiana.
Tulane (4-7, 3-4 Conference USA) has won two straight after losing five of six games. Rice (3-8, 3-4), which staged late rallies to beat Texas-El Paso and SMU, saw its two-game winning streak end.
Rice's Chase Clement was 35-of-55 passing for 353 yards and four touchdowns. With 379 total yards, Clement set a school season record for total offense with 3,319 yards.
His team trailing 7-3 in the first half, Forte scored back-to-back touchdowns on runs of 46 and 1 yards to give the Green Wave a 17-7 halftime lead.
Forte, who had 39 carries, scored three times in the second half. His 13-yard TD run midway through the fourth put the Green Wave ahead 38-17.
Ade Tuyo replaced Forte with less than six minutes remaining. Tuyo scored Tulane's last touchdown with a 1-yard run with 2:14 left that put the Green Wave ahead 45-24.
Clement threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jarett Dillard in the first quarter that put the Owls ahead 7-3.
But Tulane scored the next 21 points to go ahead 24-7 in the third.
Dillard also caught a 6-yard TD pass in the third to bring Rice within 24-14.
Clement threw a pair of scoring passes to James Casey in the fourth quarter.
All eyes will be on ESPN 300 QB Jacob Eason after Mark Richt was fired by Georgia. Keeping his commitment will be key for the next coach.
New Rutgers athletic director Patrick Hobbs has made hiring a football coach his first priority.
SEC Network's Clint Stoerner, Matt Stinchcomb and Paul Finebaum give their initial reactions to Mark Richt being out as Georgia head coach.
Former Hawaii quarterback Nick Rolovich will take over his alma mater and said Monday he plans to focus on the bonds his players develop with one another, not on any specific offense or defense.
The first bowl matchup is set, with Western Michigan joining Middle Tennessee in the Bahamas Bowl, a source said.
The Big Ten issued its first batch of postseason honors on Monday night, unveiling its All-Big Ten teams and individual awards on defense and special teams.