Houston 31, Rice 26

Date - Saturday, September 21, 2013 3:00 PM
Location - Rice Stadium
Attendance - 34831

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Houston 7 10 7 7 31
Rice 13 0 0 13 26

Recap


Houston 31, Rice 26: Freshman John O'Korn threw for 281 yards and three touchdown passes in his first collegiate start, leading the visiting Cougars to a victory over the Owls to win the Bayou Bucket.

Deontay Greenberry went over the 100-yard mark for the second straight game, catching six balls for 146 yards and a score to lead Houston (3-0). Ryan Jackson had 144 all-purpose yards, with 87 yards on the ground and 57 receiving yards.

Turner Petersen had five catches for 102 yards for Rice (1-2). Taylor McHargue finished 21-of-36 for 232 yards and an interception and also rushed for 14 yards and a score.

Rice jumped on top just 2:26 into the game on a 57-yard pass from running back Luke Turner to Petersen, though the extra-point kick was blocked. The Cougars responded with a quick four-play, 75-yard drive in just over a minute, capped by Jackson's 1-yard touchdown run.

After Charles Ross scored midway through the first quarter to put the Owls up 13-7, Houston scored 24 straight points, with O'Korn completing scoring passes to Daniel Spencer, Greenberry and Jackson. A McHargue 1-yard rushing touchdown and a blocked field goal returned 62 yards for a touchdown by Alex Lyons pulled Rice within five, but after recovering an onside kick with 2:19 to play, the Owls turned the ball over on downs trying to drive for the go-ahead score.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Greenberry tied his career-high with a 61-yard catch in the first quarter. … Ross was held to 55 yards on nine carries one week after he had a career-high 157 yards against Kansas. … Houston now leads the overall series between the two schools 29-11.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:34
Rice   TD  Rice 6 - Houston 0
1st Quarter - 11:25
Houston   TD  Rice 6 - Houston 7
1st Quarter - 6:51
Rice   TD  Rice 13 - Houston 7
2nd Quarter - 5:36
Houston   FG  Rice 13 - Houston 10
2nd Quarter - 0:05
Houston   TD  Rice 13 - Houston 17
3rd Quarter - 3:36
Houston   TD  Rice 13 - Houston 24
4th Quarter - 14:53
Houston   TD  Rice 13 - Houston 31
4th Quarter - 10:52
Rice   TD  Rice 20 - Houston 31
4th Quarter - 2:19
Rice   TD  Rice 26 - Houston 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Houston Rice
W/L 3 - 0 - 0 1 - 2 - 0
Conference 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Houston Rice
Score 31 26
First Downs 21 25
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-16
38%
5-for-15
33%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 494 463
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 37-165 45-174
Average/Rush 4.5 3.9
Passing
Comp-Att 18-36 22-37
Passing Yards 329 289
Average/Pass Play 8.9 7.4
Penalties-Yards 3-30 3-25
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 25:04 34:56

PLAYER STATS

Houston (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. O'Korn 15/33 281 3 1
G. Ward Jr. 3/3 48 0 0
Rice (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McHargue 21/36 232 0 1
L. Turner 1/1 57 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Jackson 19 87 4.6 1
G. Ward Jr. 9 80 8.9 0
K. Brooks 2 5 2.5 0
D. Spencer 1 1 1.0 0
J. O'Korn 4 -4 -1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Dillard 9 61 6.8 0
C. Ross 9 55 6.1 1
T. Petersen 16 44 2.8 0
T. McHargue 11 14 1.3 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Greenberry 6 146 24.3 1
D. Spencer 4 76 19.0 1
R. Jackson 4 57 14.2 1
M. Ambles 1 31 31.0 0
A. Rodriguez 1 12 12.0 0
L. Stice 1 4 4.0 0
X. Maxwell 1 3 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Petersen 5 102 20.4 1
J. Taylor 6 58 9.7 0
D. Parks 3 48 16.0 0
K. Kubiak 2 36 18.0 0
C. Ross 1 14 14.0 0
C. Cella 2 14 7.0 0
D. Moore 1 9 9.0 0
M. Hull 2 8 4.0 0