Scores

Final

SMU 27

(0-1, 0-1 American)

Rice 56

(1-0, 1-0 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, August 29, 2008

Rice Stadium, HOUSTON, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SMU 13 0 7 727
RICE 14 14 28 056

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 258 YDS, 6 TD

Rushing: C. Clement (RICE) - 13 CAR, 87 YDS

Receiving: J. Dillard (RICE) - 7 REC, 89 YDS, 3 TD

Rice's Clement tosses 6 TDs to spoil Jones' debut with SMU

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- It was Rice that put up the big numbers in the debut of June Jones' run-and-shoot offense at SMU.

Chase Clement threw six touchdown passes -- three to Jarett Dillard -- to lead the Owls to a 56-27 victory over the Mustangs on Friday night.

Fast Facts

• Rice's 56 points in a season opener were the most since it defeated Galveston AAF 57-0 in 1944.

• Since 2007, the Owls have scored 40-plus points in four of its last five games.

• SMU loses its first game under June Jones and has lost eight straight season openers, a streak that spans three different coaches.

-- ESPN Research

After leading Hawaii to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Sugar Bowl last season, Jones failed to get a win in Game No. 1 with SMU.

"They are good," Jones said, referring to the Rice offense. "They have been doing that for a year and they really exposed us. They have a nice scheme, but we have to play better, do what we are supposed to do and just play better everywhere."

Clement was 24-of-37 for 258 yards, helping the Owls overcome an early 13-point deficit. Clement added 87 yards rushing on 13 carries as the Owls (1-0, 1-0 Conference USA) won their first season-opening conference game since 2001.

Dillard caught seven passes for 89 yards, including scores of 21, 9 and 8 yards. James Casey, Patrick Randolph and Corbin Smiter all caught a touchdown pass from Clement.

"We played a full game tonight," said Dillard, who continued his streak of making at least two catches in every game of his career. "I think that is the first full game that I have been a part of at Rice. With Patrick Randolph and Corbin Smiter each getting their first touchdowns, that really made my job easier tonight."

The Owls defense also got in on the act, as Andrew Sendejo returned an interception of Bo Levi Mitchell 55 yards for a touchdown. Rice forced two fumbles and had three interceptions.

"The defense made some real big plays tonight to put some points on the board," Sendejo said.

Mitchell, a true freshman, was 25-of-43 for 244 yards and three touchdowns. He helped the Mustangs (0-1, 0-1) to a 13-0 lead in the first 13 minutes, hitting Aldrick Robinson and Bradley Haynes with 26-and 19-yard touchdown passes.

But the Owls scored 14 points in the last 52 seconds of the first quarter to take a 14-13 lead. Clement hit Casey with 52 seconds left and added a 35-yard score when he connected with Randolph as time expired in the first quarter.

"Instead of hitting the panic button tonight, we shifted gears," Rice coach David Bailiff said.

Mitchell hit Emmanuel Sanders with a 22-yard touchdown on the third play of the second half to make it 28-20, but that was as close as the Mustangs would get. The Owls added three scores in the next 97 seconds to take a 49-20 lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
RICE
1st Downs1930
Total Yards337466
Passing326258
Rushing11208
Penalties7-552-15
3rd Down Conversions4-1110-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers52
Possession27:0033:00

Passing Leaders

Southern MethodistC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell25/432445.733
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement24/372587.060

Rushing Leaders

Southern MethodistCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martin8283.509
McKinney3103.305
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clement13876.7029
Casey9475.2111

Receiving Leaders

Southern MethodistRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders812115.1132
Robinson79113.0226
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dillard78912.7321
Casey6538.8114

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSMURICE
TD10:55Aldrick Robinson 26 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 26 yds, :09
70
TD02:00Bradley Haynes 19 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Pat Failed)
Drive: 7 plays, 71 yds, 3:28
130
TD00:52James Casey 7 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 73 yds, 1:08
137
TD00:00Patrick Randolph 35 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 35 yds, :04
1314
SECOND QUARTERSMURICE
TD09:11Jarett Dillard 21 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 58 yds, 3:54
1321
TD04:26Corbin Smiter 12 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:25
1328
THIRD QUARTERSMURICE
TD13:57Aldrick Robinson 22 Yd Pass From Bo Levi Mitchell (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 23 yds, :56
2028
TD09:08Jarett Dillard 9 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 74 yds, 4:49
2035
TD08:41James Casey 1 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 1 yds, :04
2042
TD07:31Andrew Sendejo 55 Yd Interception Return (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2049
TD00:33Jarett Dillard 8 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 41 yds, :04
2056
FOURTH QUARTERSMURICE
TD02:10Emmanuel Sanders 32 Yd Pass From Logan Turner (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 88 yds, 3:43
2756