Rice 30, Tulsa 27 (OT)
Oct. 5, 2013
H.A. Chapman Stadium
Darik Dillard took a page out of the family playbook and made it his own, catching a 25-yard pass from Taylor McHargue in overtime to give Rice a 30-27 win at H.A. Chapman Stadium, snapping a six-game losing streak to the Golden Hurricane.
Rice had not defeated Tulsa since 2006, when Dillard's older brother Jarett caught a 25-yard TD from Chase Clement to give the Owls a double overtime win on their way to earning the school's first bowl berth in 45 years. Jarett Dillard went on to set an NCAA record with 60 touchdown receptions in his career, but his younger brother scored the game-winner for the second consecutive week.
Rice dominated the game early, only to see Tulsa rally from a 24-10 deficit to tie the game with just 1:07 left. It was a result that was ominously similar to the Owls 28-24 last second loss to the Golden Hurricane in 2012.
Rice won the coin toss and elected to defend and used that strategy to its advantage as the Owls defense came up with key stops to force Tulsa to settle for a field goal to take its first lead of the day.
The Owls (3-2, 2-0 C-USA) then wasted little time on extended the drama, as on their second play of overtime as McHargue found Dillard alone along the sideline for the game-winner.
Freshman Jowan Davis ran for 58 yards on 10 carries, while Turner Petersen caught five passes for 78 yards and a score. McHargue completed 13-of-21 passes for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Michael Kutzler paced the defense with 11 tackles on the day, while Malcolm Hill and Julius White each nabbed interceptions. Christian Covington forced a fumble, which was recovered by Paul Porras as well.