Scores

Final

Houston 42

(7-5, 6-2 American)

Rice 56

(9-3, 7-1 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 7 14 7 1442
RICE 14 21 14 756

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 494 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Beall (HOU) - 17 CAR, 88 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Casey (RICE) - 12 REC, 172 YDS, 3 TD

Rice 56, Houston 42

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Chase Clement threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns for Rice in a 56-42 win over Houston on Saturday to deny the Cougars a chance at the Conference USA championship.

Needing a win to clinch the West in Conference USA, Houston instead quickly fell behind and lost to the Owls (9-3, 7-1) for the first time in the series since 2004.

The loss by Houston (7-5, 6-2) means that Tulsa and East Carolina will play for the conference title next week. Tulsa got the nod over Rice after beating the Owls head-to-head.

James Casey caught three touchdown passes from Clement, scored another on a 1-yard plunge and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass for the Owls. His 104 catches this season are a single-season conference record.

Houston's Case Keenum threw for 494 yards and five touchdowns, and set a Football Bowl Subdivision record with 25 straight pass completions. Keenum finished 30-of-54, and he is one game shy of tying the NCAA record of 14 consecutive 300-yard passing games.

L.J. Castile led Houston with five catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

C.J. Ugokwe rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries for the Owls.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
RICE
1st Downs2730
Total Yards634591
Passing494393
Rushing140198
Penalties3-285-44
3rd Down Conversions8-168-14
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Turnovers20
Possession26:2733:33

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum30/544949.151
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement28/413819.350

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall17885.2125
Kohn5316.2017
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ugokwe181106.1047
Clement13584.5114

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Castile514428.8353
Johnson614223.7143
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Casey1217214.3332
Dixon6579.5115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOURICE
TD11:56James Casey 1 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 07
TD10:15L.J. Castile 43 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 77
TD03:46Chase Clement 8 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERHOURICE
TD14:56Bryce Beall 2 Yd Run (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 1414
TD13:41Taylor Wardlow 53 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1421
TD11:56James Casey 2 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1428
TD05:26James Casey 23 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1435
TD01:06Kierrie Johnson 3 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 2135
THIRD QUARTERHOURICE
TD11:34James Casey 9 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2142
TD09:13L.J. Castile 22 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 2842
TD05:39Toren Dixon 15 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2849
FOURTH QUARTERHOURICE
TD14:56Taylor Wardlow 3 Yd Pass From James Casey (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2856
TD12:09Tyron Carrier 34 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 3556
TD02:34L.J. Castile 17 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 4256