Marshall 24, Rice 20
Tron Martinez scored on a 4-yard run with 1:48 to play to lift
Marshall to a 24-20 win over Rice on Saturday.
Marshall (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA) trailed 20-17 when it
recovered a Rice fumble at the Owls’ 23-yard-line with 3:31
remaining in the game. Six plays later, Martinez scored the
game-winning touchdown. A.J. Graham rushed for 129 yards and two
touchdowns as the Thundering Herd gained 217 yards on the
It was Marshall’s second straight win over Rice.
Sam McDuffie gave Rice (2-4, 1-2) its only lead of the game,
20-17, on a 4-yard run with 4:08 to play in the third quarter.
Trouble converting on third downs and difficulty scoring
touchdowns in the red zone hampered the Owls. Rice was only 2 of 12
on third down conversions, and settled for field goals on two of
its three trips inside the Marshall 20-yard line.