Scores

Final

Rice 10

(1-5, 0-3 C-USA)

Memphis 14

(1-4, 1-0 American)

7:00 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Liberty Bowl, MEMPHIS, TN

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 7 3 0 010
MEM 0 0 14 014

Top Performers

Passing: J. Karam (MEM) - 70 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Harris (MEM) - 15 CAR, 68 YDS

Receiving: A. Cross (MEM) - 3 REC, 35 YDS, 1 TD

Memphis 14, Rice 10

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The first completed pass of Eric Mathews' career proved the game-winner Saturday night as Memphis slid by Rice 14-10 in Conference USA action.

The win was the first for rookie coach Justin Fuente.

Mathews' strike -- an 11-yarder to Alan Cross -- put the Tigers (1-4, 1-0) ahead for the first time in the game. Mathews, a transfer from Blinn College in Texas, alternated with Jacob Karam under center, and was 1-of-2 passing in the game.

Mathews' score was preceded by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Karam to Kelwone Malone.

Rice (1-5, 0-3) led 10-0 at halftime. Phillip Gaines recovered a fumble on Memphis' first offensive play and returned it 12 yards for an Owl touchdown. Then Chris Boswell's 36-yard field goal extended the lead.

Playing through heavy rain for much of the game, neither team had more than 245 yards total offense, with Memphis amassing just 81 passing yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
MEM
1st Downs1215
Total Yards221245
Passing11781
Rushing104164
Penalties8-645-35
3rd Down Conversions4-164-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers12
Possession25:3734:23

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McHargue16/301173.900
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Karam8/12705.810

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Petersen9566.2014
Ross7395.6024
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris15684.5015
Hayes6518.5029

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor5469.2017
Parks22613.0021
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cross33511.7121
Malone22613.0121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICEMEM
TD12:59Phillip Gaines 12 Yd Fumble Return (Chris Boswell Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERRICEMEM
FG10:34Chris Boswell 36 Yd 100
THIRD QUARTERRICEMEM
TD07:50Keiwone Malone 5 Yd Pass From Jacob Karam (Tyler Spurlock Kick) 107
TD03:01Alan Cross 11 Yd Pass From Eric Mathews (Tyler Spurlock Kick) 1014