Scores

Final

Houston 31

(3-3, 2-1 American)

Rice 34

(2-5, 1-2 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 7 7 14 331
RICE 13 14 0 734

Top Performers

Passing: D. Piland (HOU) - 282 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Beall (HOU) - 24 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Edwards (HOU) - 9 REC, 169 YDS, 3 TD

Rice 34, Houston 31

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Nick Fanuzzi threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns to lead Rice to a 34-31 win over Houston on Saturday.

The Cougars (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA) trailed 27-7 before scoring 24 unanswered points to take a 31-27 lead on a field goal by Matt Hogan with about nine minutes remaining.

But Fanuzzi threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald with 4:24 remaining for the win.

The Cougars tried to come back again, but on fourth-and-inches from the Rice 42, quarterback David Piland fumbled the snap and the Owls (2-5, 1-2) took over on downs.

Sam McGuffie rushed for 63 yards on 19 carries to lead Rice on the ground.

Piland threw for 282 yards and three touchdown on 23-of-45 passing, and Bryce Beall rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries to lead Houston.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
RICE
1st Downs2819
Total Yards436344
Passing282206
Rushing154138
Penalties4-235-23
3rd Down Conversions10-179-16
4th Down Conversions0-12-3
Turnovers10
Possession25:0434:56

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Piland23/452826.331
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fanuzzi14/212069.830

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall241094.5113
Hayes10282.807
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGuffie19633.3010
Fanuzzi11292.6016

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards916918.8349
Cleveland88010.0016
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kitchens26432.0159
Willson34615.3129

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOURICE
TD12:07Jeremy Eddington 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 06
TD07:26Luke Willson 29 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 013
TD03:17Patrick Edwards 10 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 713
SECOND QUARTERHOURICE
TD11:10Turner Petersen 1 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 720
TD06:23Randy Kitchens 59 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 727
TD05:07Patrick Edwards 38 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 1427
THIRD QUARTERHOURICE
TD10:55Patrick Edwards 49 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 2127
TD04:17Bryce Beall 1 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 2827
FOURTH QUARTERHOURICE
FG08:55Matt Hogan 37 Yd 3127
TD04:24Vance McDonald 13 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 3134