Football: Fresno State Spoils Rice Homecoming With 52-21 Win
HOUSTON -- Paul Pinegar threw three first-half touchdowns and Richard Marshall returned an interception 100 yards as Fresno State defeated Rice 52-21 on Saturday.
Pinegar completed his first eight passes and went 12-of-18 for 183 yards. He had touchdown passes of 30 and seven yards to Adam Jennings and 49 yards to Joe Fernandez.
Fresno State (5-3, 2-3 Western Athletic) built a 28-7 lead at the half and Pinegar left in the third quarter with the game in hand thanks to three big plays in an eight-minute span.
Marcus McCauley returned an interception 63 yards, the Bryson Sumlin scored on a one-yard run to put Fresno up 38-7. Then Marshall had the interception return for a score and Clifton Smith added a 67-yard punt return just 1:38 later to make it 52-7.
Rice (3-6, 2-4) added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including an 80-yard run by Quinton Smith as time expired. Smith had 166 yards on 12 carries as the Owls piled up 286 yards rushing.
Rice had more yardage -- 443 to 310 -- but also made more mistakes. The Owls threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and were sacked four times. Fresno State didn't turn the ball over.