By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- The Blue squad used big plays to down the Gray team, 30-17, in the annual Spring Game, Friday afternoon at Rice Stadium.
Three quarterbacks combined for 465 yards while the defense combined for six sacks and a turnover.
Granato led the Owls with 177 yards on 9-of-15 passing. He also connected on a pair of with Samuel Stewart on a 65-yard touchdown and Jowan Davis on a 14-yarder.
Tyler Stehling was 15-of-21 for 167 yards and Jackson Tyner was 8-of-16 for 121 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Cameron Johnson on a 51-yard strike.
Zach Wright caught a team-high eight receptions for 73 yards. Davis had five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown Stewart had four catches for 78 yards and a score. Johnson had three catches for a team-high 80 yards and a touchdown. Austin Walter added two catches for 55 yards.
Anthony Price converted on the only field goal attempt, a 23-yarder.
Defensively, Brian Womac recorded pair of sacks while Brady Wright, Roe Wilkins and Zach Abercrumbia each added one of their own. Christian Bertrand also recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
"I thought it was pretty clean," said Rice head coach David Bailiff. "We had one turnover that the defense did create so we did take care of the football. I thought we made good decisions. I like want Tyler Stehling's doing (and) J.T. Granato continued to improve. Our running game really looked good at times. I thought the defense really ran to the ball well. They swarmed well. They were tackling in space. I was really pleased. Obviously, we have to keep working. But, I'm really excited about the direction we're going."
The Owls begin the 2016 regular season on Sept. 1 when they take on Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky.
J.T. Granato 9-15-0, 177 yards, 2 TD's; Tyler Stehling 15-21-0, 167 yards; Jackson Tyner 8-16-0 121 yards 1 TD
Samuel Stewart 5-18; Austin Walter 4-6; J.T. Granato 4-3; Jackson Tyner 2-9; Jowan Davis 2-3; Tyler Stehling 3-(-5)
Zach Wright 8-73; Jowan Davis 5-66, 1 TD; Samuel Stewart 4-78, 1 TD; Cameron Johnson 3-80, 1 TD; Nahson Ellerbe 3-39; Austin Walter 2-55; James Mayden 1-22; Darrion Pollard 1-21; Parker Smith 1-10; Robby Well 1-8; Darik Dillard 1-7; Trevor Long 1-6; T.J. Gotelli 1-0