Scores

Final

Rice 24

(1-3, 0-1 C-USA)

Southern Miss 48

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

7:30 PM ET, October 1, 2011

M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 14 3 7 024
USM 13 7 21 748

Top Performers

Passing: A. Davis (USM) - 284 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Hardy (USM) - 23 CAR, 172 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Balentine (USM) - 7 REC, 114 YDS, 2 TD

Southern Miss. 48, Rice 24

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Austin Davis threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, Kendrick Hardy rushed for 172 yards and Southern Mississippi scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to turn a tight game into a 48-24 victory over Rice on Saturday night.

Southern Miss (4-1, 1-1 Conference USA) gained 654 total yards, including 370 on the ground, but four turnovers kept Rice (1-3, 0-1) in the game. The Owls scored twice on fumble recoveries, including a 96-yard return by Xavier Webb that briefly gave Rice a 24-20 lead early in the third quarter.

But the Owls simply couldn't stop the Southern Miss offense. The Golden Eagles kept churning away with big gains on the ground, even as Hardy and backup Jamal Woodyard left the game with injuries.

Kelvin Bolden caught nine passes for 132 yards and a touchdown for Southern Miss while Ryan Balentine caught seven for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
USM
1st Downs1533
Total Yards229654
Passing196284
Rushing33370
Penalties6-554-30
3rd Down Conversions4-165-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers24
Possession27:2332:37

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McHargue14/281405.010
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis21/332848.632

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith5234.6010
Ross4235.8012
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy231727.5147
Lampley9707.8123

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hull6518.5017
McDonald44711.8142
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden913214.7145
Balentine711416.3246

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICEUSM
TD04:51Kendrick Hardy 47 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 06
TD02:56Ryan Balentine 46 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 013
TD00:05Vance McDonald 2 Yd Pass From Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell Kick) 713
TD00:00Michael Kutzler 17 Yd Fumble Return (Chris Boswell Kick) 1413
SECOND QUARTERRICEUSM
TD02:59Marquese Wheaton 75 Yd Fumble Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 1420
FG00:47Chris Boswell 41 Yd 1720
THIRD QUARTERRICEUSM
TD10:50Xavier Webb 96 Yd Fumble Return (Chris Boswell Kick) 2420
TD06:25Austin Davis 1 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2427
TD03:16Tracy Lampley 2 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2434
TD00:22Kelvin Bolden 45 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2441
FOURTH QUARTERRICEUSM
TD03:13Ryan Balentine 23 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 2448