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.