Scores

Final/OT

Marshall 54

(2-2, 1-0 C-USA)

Rice 51

(1-3, 0-1 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 OT T
MRSH 14 7 14 6 1354
RICE 7 7 14 13 1051

Top Performers

Passing: T. McHargue (RICE) - 314 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Grooms (MRSH) - 12 CAR, 103 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: S. McGuffie (RICE) - 4 REC, 109 YDS, 2 TD

Marshall 54, Rice 51, OT

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Kevin Grooms rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner in double-overtime, as Marshall defeated Rice 54-51 Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both schools.

Grooms' 5-yard TD run in double-OT came after the Thundering Herd (2-2) held the Owls (1-3) to a field goal on their possession.

Groom had 103 yards rushing on 12 carries, Steward Butler added 166 yards and a TD on 18 carries, and Marshall finished with 334 yards on the ground. Rakeem Cato was 28 of 39 for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

That was enough to overcome Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue, who threw for 314 yards and three TDs while also rushing for 153 yards and a score.

McHargue scored on a 43-yard run with 3:17 left in regulation, and Rice added a 23-yard field goal by Chris Boswell with no time left to send the game into overtime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
RICE
1st Downs3134
Total Yards593647
Passing259346
Rushing334301
Penalties8-684-25
3rd Down Conversions10-169-17
4th Down Conversions2-21-2
Turnovers00
Possession26:1533:45

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato28/392596.620
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McHargue21/363148.730

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Butler181669.2157
Grooms121038.6345
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
McHargue171539.0147
Petersen16764.8130

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shuler88710.9021
Dobson56613.2029
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
McGuffie410927.3250
Taylor77911.3022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHRICE
TD08:12Kevin Grooms 17 Yd Run. (Justin Haig Kick) 70
TD03:44Turner Petersen 30 Yd Run. (Chris Boswell Kick) 77
TD01:56Steward Butler 57 Yd Run. (Justin Haig Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERMRSHRICE
TD08:02Kevin Grooms 5 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato. (Justin Haig Kick) 217
TD05:51Donte Moore 43 Yd Pass From Taylor McHargue. (Chris Boswell Kick) 2114
THIRD QUARTERMRSHRICE
TD11:08Sam McGuffie 31 Yd Pass From Taylor McHargue. (Chris Boswell Kick) 2121
TD09:12Kevin Grooms 45 Yd Run. (Justin Haig Kick) 2821
TD07:42Sam McGuffie 50 Yd Pass From Taylor McHargue. (Chris Boswell Kick) 2828
TD04:17Gator Hoskins 1 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato. (Justin Haig Kick) 3528
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHRICE
FG13:49Chris Boswell 39 Yd 3531
TD04:10Remi Watson 2 Yd Run. (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4131
TD03:17Taylor McHargue 43 Yd Run. (Chris Boswell Kick) 4138
FG00:00Chris Boswell 23 Yd 4141
OVERTIMEMRSHRICE
TDRemi Watson 4 Yd Run. (Justin Haig Kick) 4841
TDDriphus Jackson 3 Yd Run. (Chris Boswell Kick) 4848
2ND OVERTIMEMRSHRICE
FGChris Boswell 28 Yd 4851
TDKevin Grooms 5 Yd Run. 5451