Rice trips Tulane 17-13 to reach C-USA title game

Taylor McHargue threw for a touchdown and Jawon Davis ran for

one on the next possession and Rice held on for a 17-13 win over

Tulane to reach the Conference USA championship game for the first


The Owls (9-3, 7-1) dominated the game statistically but a date

next weekend with East Division champion Marshall was in doubt

until the end. BCS rankings will determine the game site.

The Green Wave (7-5, 5-3) opened the scoring with a Cairo Santos

field goal but McHargue hit Turner Petersen for a 19-yard score

late in the first quarter. Then early in the second Davis bolted

16-yards to make it 14-3. Standout kicker Chris Boswell made it

17-3 7 seconds before halftime.

Despite holding Tulane to 123 yards of offense, a 1-14 effort on

third down and holding the ball for 18 more minutes, Rice struggled

to close the deal.