April 12, 2014
Temi Alaka caught a pair of long touchdown passes, but the Rice defense rallied to score on a pair of late sacks and defeat the offense 32-29 in the annual Blue-Gray Game at Rice Stadium on Friday night.
The game pitted the Rice offense (Blue) against the defense (Gray) in a scoring system that rewarded a number of individual plays with points in addition to the traditional methods of scoring and the Gray team used the system to great advantage in the early going. They racked up a 17-1 lead early, highlighted by a 40-yard interception return by Malcolm Hill and Gabe Baker.
Hill picked off the throw from his roommate, quarterback Driphus Jackson, and returned to the 20 when he lateralled to Baker who completed the scoring play.
Alaka, a redshirt freshman finished with 134 yards on four receptions. He combined with Guy Billups on a 34-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter to begin the Blue's comeback and his 57-yard bomb from Nate German put the offense in front 29-28 late in the game. But on the following possession, the defense recorded a pair of sacks to earn their final margin of victory.
German threw for 128 yards and added a second touchdown pass to Mario Hull for 25 yards. Jackson hit on 8-10 passes for 95 yards, while Billups completed 5-8 for 69 yards and Tyler Stehling hit on 2-7 for 29 yards.