SMU posted a 42-31 win over the Owls in the Conference USA opener for Rice.
Rice captains for the game were Nick Fanuzi, Willie Garley, Jake Hicks and Justin Hill. SMU won the toss and elected to receive to begin the game. Rice opened by defending the Rice Blvd. Goal (north).
Rice opened the SMU game with the same Defensive 11 for the fifth-straight game.
For the first time this season neither Rice nor its opponent scored on its opening drive. The Owls' defense held an opponent scoreless on its opening series for the third time in 2010.
Rice junior wide receiver Randy Kitchens made his first career start for the Owls. Kitchens entered the game having caught four passes for 68 yards. In his 21st career game, Kitchens caught three passes for 23 yards.
Freshman running back Jeremy Eddington saw action in his first collegiate game. On his first career carry, Eddington scored on a one-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Eddington became the second Owl running back this season to score a touchdown on his first collegiate carry. Turner Petersen had a 10-yard scoring run against Northwestern for his first rushing attempt as an Owl.
Sophomore running back Sam McGuffie rushed for a season-high 96 yards on 20 carries. In the fourth quarter, he caught a 15-yard pass to set up a two-yard scoring run, marking the second straight week he scored a rushing touchdown. McGuffie also caught five passes for 45 yards.
Freshman Klein Kubiak equaled his season total for receptions during the season (four heading into the game) with four catches for 57 yards against SMU.
Just five games into his rookie season, place kicker Chris Boswell converted his 10th field goal of the season - a 42 yarders with 6:14 to play in the first quarter. With the boot, Boswell moved into a tie for eighth with Glen Ray Hines (1987) and Johnny Bagwell (1993) for most field goals in a season.
Phillip Gaines' recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown that cut SMU's lead to 14-10 with 12:58 to play in the third quarter. The play marked the Owls' first special teams or defensive touchdown of the season.