Scores

Final

Vanderbilt 36

(2-2, 0-2 SEC)

Rice 17

(0-4, 0-1 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
VAN 10 0 10 1636
RICE 7 3 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: L. Smith (VAN) - 268 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: W. Norman (VAN) - 11 CAR, 119 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: U. Umoh (VAN) - 5 REC, 95 YDS

Vandy grounds out victory over winless Rice

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Vanderbilt ran the ball 43 times for 216 yards, scored four rushing touchdowns and beat Rice 36-17 Saturday night in Houston.

Warren Norman ran the ball 11 times for a game-high 119 yards and scored a 58-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to break the game open for the Commodores (2-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Kennard Reeves, John Cole and quarterback Larry Smith each scored on the ground for Vanderbilt.

Charles Ross had seven carries for 63 yards and a touchdown for Rice (0-4).

John Thomas Shepherd was one of two quarterbacks who played for the Owls, who managed just 17 first downs, were intercepted four times and converted just 3 of 18 times on third down in their home opener. Shepherd completed 6 of 14 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Cole scored from 31 yards on a reverse less than three minutes into the game. Ross ran for a 48-yard TD to tie the game later in the first quarter, but the Commodores went on to take a 30-10 lead. Reeves' 11-yard touchdown run capped the scoring.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
RICE
1st Downs2314
Total Yards484282
Passing268122
Rushing216160
Penalties9-745-40
3rd Down Conversions8-203-18
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers14
Possession30:2629:34

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith23/412686.501
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis6/18643.602

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Norman1111910.8158
Hawkins11615.5017
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ross7639.0148
Shepherd13534.1013

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Umoh59519.0054
Cole7679.6019
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon44010.0115
Wardlow23216.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANRICE
TD11:33John Cole 31 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 70
TD08:05Charles Ross 48 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 77
FG04:18Ryan Fowler 37 Yd 107
SECOND QUARTERVANRICE
FG04:46Clark Fangmeier 39 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERVANRICE
FG04:35Ryan Fowler 33 Yd 1310
TD01:47Larry Smith 6 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 2010
FOURTH QUARTERVANRICE
TD12:47Warren Norman 58 Yd Run (Ryan Fowler Kick) 2710
FG10:57Ryan Fowler 23 Yd 3010
TD05:54Toren Dixon 12 Yd Pass From John Thomas Shepherd (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 3017
TD04:06Kennard Reeves 11 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3617