Texas A&M 52, Rice 31
Aug. 31, 2013
College Station, Texas
Charles Ross blasted his way to more than 100 yards and Rice piled up over 500 yards as a team, but it wasn't enough to dent the storyline of the season opener, as returning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel threw four touchdowns in one half of action to lead Texas A&M to a 52-31 win in the 2013 season opener for both teams.
While all of the national attention leading up to kickoff was the suspension of Maziel for one half, Rice fans eagerly awaited the game to see if the Owls could maintain the momentum from the finish of the 2012 season when they won their last five games.
That question was quickly answered as the Owls gashed the Aggie defense for a pair of early touchdowns.
Ross gave an early indication that he was intent on a memorable senior year , carrying the ball 20 times for a game-high 107 yards and a pair of scores. The Owls amassed a total of 304 yards on the ground with a 5.7 yards per carry average against the Aggies, including a career-long 57-yard scamper by quarterback Taylor McHargue.
McHargue, who became the first Rice quarterback to start four consecutive openers, completed 18-of-30 passes for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added 76 yards on nine carries as well.
Matt Joeckel, who was starting in place of Manziel, put together a solid first half with 191 passing yards and led the Aggies to answers for each of the Owls early scores, then built a 28-14 lead before Jordan Taylor snagged a McHargue deflection at the goal line and stretched into the end zone to cut the margin to 28-21 at the half.
Taylor caught seven passes for 69 yards and a score, while Connor Cella added 53 yards on four catches.
On defense, both Christian Covington and Michael Kutzler each recorded one sack.
Rice and LSU Return to the Gridiron in 2018
01/07/2016 - Rice and LSU, two schools whose annual September meeting was a Gulf Coast staple for over 50 years, will return to the gridiron for the first time...
Boswell Named AFC Special Team Player of the Month
01/07/2016 - Former Rice standout Chris Boswell, who has smashed team rookie kicking records after joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in October, was named the...
Phil Steele Honors Reue, Lyons and Farrimond
12/17/2015 - Andrew Reue, Alex Lyons and James Farrimond have been named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Postseason All Conference USA squad which was announced on ...
C-USA Names Four Owls to All-Freshman Team
12/08/2015 - First year players Justin Bickham, Parker Smith, Samuel Stewart and Austin Walter have been named to the 2015 C-USA Football All-Freshman team as...
Reue Named All C-USA
12/08/2015 - Senior offensive lineman Andrew Reue, who started at four different positions along the offensive line for the Owls this season, has been named to ...
Dillard Named to C-USA All-Academic Team
12/03/2015 - Rice junior running back Darik Dillard, who lead the Owls in rushing in 2015 in addition to setting an NCAA record for career combined touchdowns...
Brigance to Receive NCAA 2016 NCAA Inspiration ...
12/01/2015 - Former student-athletes Lauren Hill and O.J. Brigance are the 2016 NCAA Inspiration Award recipients. They will be recognized as Inspiration...
Second Half Surge Sends Seniors Out With Win
11/28/2015 - With 30 minutes remaining in their college careers, faced with a scoreless first half and the prospect of ending the season with five consecutive...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store