Scores

Final

Rice 21

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Vanderbilt 38

(3-0, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 13, 2008

Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 14 7 0 021
VAN 7 14 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 299 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Nickson (VAN) - 13 CAR, 85 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Dillard (RICE) - 7 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Vandy shuts out Rice after halftime, moves to 3-0

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jared Hawkins rushed for 107 yards and the Vanderbilt defense held Rice scoreless in the second half for a 38-21 victory on Saturday night.

The Commodores snapped a 21-21 halftime tie on Jamie Graham's 27-yard touchdown run with 11:41 left in the third quarter.

A third-quarter field goal and Chris Nickson's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped Vanderbilt pull away.

Vanderbilt improved to 3-0 for only the third time since 1984.

Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore had 138 yards in return yardage, including a 67-yard punt return to the Rice 1-yard line to set up the final touchdown.

The teams combined for six touchdowns and 447 yards of offense in the first half.

Rice's Chase Clement, who passed for 207 yards, gave Rice (2-1) a 7-0 lead when he hit Jarett Dillard on a 26-yard touchdown pass.

Vanderbilt tied the game at 7-all on Sean Walker's 5-yard run.

The Owls raced ahead again at 14-7 late in the first quarter on Clement's 3-yard touchdown run.

The Commodores again answered on Nickson's 14-yard touchdown run, making it 14-all.

A 2-yard scoring run by James Casey late in the first half pushed Rice ahead 21-14, but the Commodores again tied the game with 15 seconds left before halftime on a 7-yard touchdown run by Hawkins.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
VAN
1st Downs2322
Total Yards407344
Passing29971
Rushing108273
Penalties3-153-35
3rd Down Conversions7-145-10
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers20
Possession29:0730:53

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement25/392997.711
VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nickson7/16714.400

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ugokwe13634.8012
Clement15271.818
VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hawkins201075.4114
Nickson13856.5217

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Casey121159.6031
Dillard710515.0130
VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker44010.0017
Barden22211.0015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICEVAN
TD09:47Jarett Dillard 26 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 70
TD04:22Sean Walker 5 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 77
TD01:23Chase Clement 3 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERRICEVAN
TD08:20Chris Nickson 14 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 1414
TD03:19James Casey 2 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2114
TD00:15Jared Hawkins 7 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 2121
THIRD QUARTERRICEVAN
TD11:41Jamie Graham 27 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 2128
FG03:43Bryant Hahnfeldt 48 Yd 2131
FOURTH QUARTERRICEVAN
TD10:00Chris Nickson 1 Yd Run (Bryant Hahnfeldt Kick) 2138