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Rice 27, UTSA 21
Oct. 12, 2013
AlamoDome
San Antonio, Texas

Final Stats

Playing for the first time in a city that has long produced talent for generations of Rice Football, the Owls started fast then had to hold off a determined rally to down UTSA 27-21 at the Alamodome to improve to 3-0 in Conference USA play.

Playing for the first time in a city that has long produced talent for generations of Rice Football, the Owls started fast then had to hold off a determined rally to down UTSA 27-21 at the Alamodome to improve to 3-0 in Conference USA play.

v With 12 member of the travel roster playing in front of friends and family, Rice raced to a 20-7 lead at halftime and extended that margin to 27-7 before the Road Runners mounted a spirited charge.

After a pair of Chris Boswell field goals, native sons Darik Dillard and Dennis Parks scored touchdowns to give Rice a 20-7 halftime lead.

Coming out of the break, Rice extended its lead to 27-7 on a McHargue six-yard run, but UTSA quickly served notice that the game was far from over.

Quarterback Eric Soza scored twice in the fourth quarter. His second touchdown run pulled the home team within 27-21 with 1:24 remaining in regulation, but JordanTaylor recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and the Owls ran out the clock from there.

Senior running back Charles Ross returned to action for the first time since sustaining an injust on Sept. 21 and led Rice with 59 yards on 11 carries, including a 34-yarder.

Quarterback Taylor McHargue added 41 yards on 10 carries and passed for 183 yards and a score as well in the win. His favorite target was Jordan Taylor, who caught four passes for 61 yards in the win.

James Radcliffe led Rice with 10 tackles, while Michael Kutzler and Julius White added eight each. The Owl defense made eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage, led by 1.5 by Stuart Mouchantaf.

The win kept Rice in a tie for first place in the C-USA West with Tulane. It was the team's seventh-straight conference win and fourth C-USA road win in a row. The 4-2 record marks the best start to a season since 2001.

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