North Texas 28, Rice 16
Oct. 31, 2013
Playing on a short week and on the road, the Rice Owls could not overcome a pair of key errors late in the second quarter as North Texas enhanced its reputation for creating turnovers picking off a pair of passes and scooping up a fumble for a score to defeat Rice 28-16 at Apogee Stadium.
The Owls (6-3, 4-1) brought an eight-game Conference USA winning streak into the contest and looked to remain perfect in league action in by racing to a 16-7 lead midway through the second quarter. Taylor McHargue connected for a pair of touchdown tosses in the first half, including a 21-yard strike with Turner Petersen and then the senior found Jordan Taylor behind coverage for a 32-yard score to extend the lead. The tosses gave McHargue 38 touchdown passes in his career, moving him past Tommy Kramer and into a tie with Randy Hertel for the second-most in program history.
McHargue completed 18-of-28 passes for 222 yards and the pair of scores on the night. Taylor led the receiving corps with 71 yards on five catches. Donte Moore set a season high with 52 yards on five receptions.
Big returns marked the first half for North Texas, as the Mean Green returned a fumble 55 yards for a score and brought back a 65-yard punt return. In between, NT notched its lone offensive score of the half on a 42-yard rush as the home team staked a 21-16 lead at the intermission.
UNT would score once more on a 46-yard pass in the third quarter to seal the win and bowl eligibility. The Owls were shut out in the second half.
Julius White led the Rice defense with a season-high nine tackles. Phillip Gaines added an interception in the fourth quarter, his third of the season.
Charles Ross notched his fifth 100-yard rushing game in seven starts this season with 101 yards on 18 carries.