Scores

Final

Rice 28

(0-9, 0-5 away)

SMU 31

(5-4, 3-1 home)

3:00 PM ET, November 7, 2009

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 13 7 0 828
SMU 7 14 3 731

Top Performers

Passing: N. Fanuzzi (RICE) - 250 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: S. McNeal (SMU) - 21 CAR, 88 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: P. Randolph (RICE) - 8 REC, 93 YDS, 2 TD

SMU 31, Rice 28

Associated Press

DALLAS -- Shawnbrey McNeal rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns to lift SMU to a 31-28 win over Rice Saturday afternoon.

The Mustangs (5-4, 4-1 Conference USA) blocked three kicks. After Sterling Moore blocked one as time expired in the first half, Bryan McCann returned the ball 74 yards for a score, giving SMU a 21-20 halftime lead. McCann's score helped SMU erase a 13-point first-half deficit.

Defensive end Margus Hunt blocked an extra point attempt and a field goal attempt by Rice (0-9, 0-5).

McNeal scored on a 9-yard run in the fourth to give SMU a 31-20 lead. Rice narrowed the SMU lead to 31-28 with 1:47 left when Nick Fanuzzi threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Toren Dixon and the Owls converted the 2-point conversion.

Mustang quarterback Kyle Padron finished 17 of 24 for 234 yards and one touchdown. Fanuzzi completed 29 of 42 for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
SMU
1st Downs2318
Total Yards327330
Passing250234
Rushing7796
Penalties4-3813-122
3rd Down Conversions8-145-11
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers32
Possession26:3533:25

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fanuzzi29/422506.030
SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Padron17/242349.811

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ross12504.219
Smith7172.407
SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal21884.2210
Brooks088.000

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Randolph89311.6233
Wardlow34214.0021
SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders613622.7137
Beasley44812.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICESMU
TD08:56Shawnbrey McNeal 7 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 07
TD02:39Patrick Randolph 11 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 77
TD01:24Patrick Randolph 33 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Pat Blocked) 137
SECOND QUARTERRICESMU
TD05:23Charles Ross 1 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 207
TD01:41Emmanuel Sanders 23 Yd Pass From Kyle Padron (Matt Szymanski Kick) 2014
TD00:00Bryan McCann 74 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Matt Szymanski Kick) 2021
THIRD QUARTERRICESMU
FG04:27Matt Szymanski 23 Yd 2024
FOURTH QUARTERRICESMU
TD10:12Shawnbrey McNeal 9 Yd Run (Matt Szymanski Kick) 2031
TD01:47Toren Dixon 4 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Nick Fanuzzi Pass To Taylor Wardlow For Two-Point Conversion) 2831