Marshall 41, Rice 14
Nov. 15, 2014
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Huntington, West Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Rice University football saw its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 41-14 setback at No. 21 Marshall on a brisk Saturday afternoon at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The Thundering Herd improved to 10-0 on the season.
Marshall broke Rice's (6-4, 4-2 C-USA) string of four-straight games of scoring first as the Herd kicked a 33-yard field goal late in the first quarter, following a Zach Patt sack on third down, to get on the board. It was just the third time this season, and first time in five games, that the Owls were held scoreless in the first quarter.
The sack gave Patt 8.5 on the season, tying him for second on the program's single-season list.
The Herd then found pay-dirt early in the second quarter to punctuate a 59-yard drive and increased its lead to 10-0. The home team followed that drive up with an 85-yarder to put the Owls in a 17-point hole with another touchdown.
The Owls responded shortly before halftime, as Bryce Callahan picked off his 12th career interception and returned 28 yards it to the Marshall 17-yard line. The Owls needed just four plays to score as Jordan Taylor hauled in an 18-yard catch on third down to set up Jowan Davis' three-yard touchdown run.
Callahan's interception gave him sole possession of fourth place on the program's career list, passing Nathan Bennett and LaDoughyous McCalla. Taylor caught a career-high nine passes (for 88 yards) for a second week in a row and moved past David Houser and James Casey for fourth on the program's career receptions list with 158 catches.