MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The first completed pass of Eric Mathews' career proved the game-winner Saturday night as Memphis slid by Rice 14-10 in Conference USA action.
The win was the first for rookie coach Justin Fuente.
Mathews' strike -- an 11-yarder to Alan Cross -- put the Tigers (1-4, 1-0) ahead for the first time in the game. Mathews, a transfer from Blinn College in Texas, alternated with Jacob Karam under center, and was 1-of-2 passing in the game.
Mathews' score was preceded by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Karam to Kelwone Malone.
Rice (1-5, 0-3) led 10-0 at halftime. Phillip Gaines recovered a fumble on Memphis' first offensive play and returned it 12 yards for an Owl touchdown. Then Chris Boswell's 36-yard field goal extended the lead.
Playing through heavy rain for much of the game, neither team had more than 245 yards total offense, with Memphis amassing just 81 passing yards.
Peyton Manning was among the former Tennessee players who praised and roasted Phillip Fulmer, who led the Volunteers to the 1998 national title.
J.P. Urquidez, the No. 17-rated offensive tackle in the ESPN 300, has signed with the Texas Longhorns after being released from his commitment to Baylor.
The SEC says it is closely monitoring its Twitter account after a hack led the league to post a couple images of scantily clad women Saturday morning.
Baylor and ex-coach Art Briles acknowledged "serious shortcomings" Friday night in a statement announcing that the sides have mutually agreed to terminate his employment.
Wyatt Davis is a physical offensive lineman who can provide some versatility to Ohio State.
Zachary Carter provides Florida with needed depth on the defense side. He can develop into a versatile defensive lineman.