(3-3, 2-1 American)
(2-5, 1-2 C-USA)
3:30 PM ET, October 16, 2010
Rice Stadium, Houston, TX
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
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.