Nov. 12, 2011
The Rice captains for the Northwestern game were TE Brent Hotard, P Kyle Martens, SAF Tanner Shuck, OL Keshawn Carrington. Northwestern won the toss and deferred to the second half. Rice received and defended the north goal.
Player and Team Notes
Each of Nick Fanuzzi's first five completions (in the first half) were to five different receivers for 40 yards. Eight different Rice receivers caught passes on the day.
Andre Gautreaux caught his third pass of the season (for 43 yards in the fourth to help set up the Rice score). His first career reception was for 47 yards at nationally-ranked Houston.
Tyler Smith rushed a season-high 21 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. He now has a total of 920 rushing yards for his collegiate career.
Smith also added 21 receiving yards for 941 all-purpose yards this season.
Kyle Martens became the fourth Owl in history to reach 9,000 punting yards (has 9,290). He has now moved past Tucker Phillips (9,002 from 1992-94) and Mike Landrum for third on the Owls' all-time list (9,043 from 1973-75).
Martens placed three of his punts inside the 20, giving him 22 inside the 20 this year.
Scott Solomon's QB sack in the 1st quarter was the 22nd of his career, two-shy of the Rice career record held by Brandon Green (1999-2002).
Corey Frazier's interception in the second quarter was his first of the year, and his first since the 32-31 win over North Texas last season (Sept. 11, 2010).
Bryce Callahan moved into a six-way tie for third on Rice's single-season INT list with with his team-leading sixth interception of the season (he tied Rex Proctor 1950; Bruce Henley 1971; Larry Brune 1975; David Griffin, 1989; Nathan Bennett (1993). Henley (1972) and Dan Dawson (2000) share the school record with seven.
Five different Owls have now intercepted passes this season.
Paul Porras led the team with 13 tackles to tie his career-high and he forced a fumble. The 13 stops topped his 12 tackles vs. Tulsa.
Justin Allen made a season-high 10 tackles and broke up a pass.
Xavier Webb forced a his team-leading third fumble of the season.