Scores

Final

Tulane 13

(7-5, 2-4 away)

Rice 17

(9-3, 5-1 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 30, 2013

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TULN 3 0 7 313
RICE 7 10 0 017

Top Performers

Passing: T. McHargue (RICE) - 180 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Davis (RICE) - 15 CAR, 57 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Parks (RICE) - 5 REC, 75 YDS

Rice trips Tulane 17-13 to reach C-USA title game

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- 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 time.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TULN
RICE
1st Downs621
Total Yards123304
Passing97180
Rushing26124
Penalties5-405-31
3rd Down Conversions1-148-20
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers12
Possession20:0939:51

Passing Leaders

TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Montana14/31973.110
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McHargue14/281806.410

Rushing Leaders

TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Darkwa14261.9012
Butler122.002
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ross15805.3024
Davis15573.8116

Receiving Leaders

TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grant24522.5034
Rush11414.0014
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Parks57515.0019
Moore44210.5016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTULNRICE
FG04:31Cairo Santos 30 Yd 30
TD01:10Turner Petersen 19 Yd Pass From Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERTULNRICE
TD12:34Jawon Davis 16 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 314
FG00:07Chris Boswell 36 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERTULNRICE
TD02:41Devon Breaux 13 Yd Pass From Nick Montana (Cairo Santos Kick) 1017
FOURTH QUARTERTULNRICE
FG10:14Cairo Santos 32 Yd 1317