Scores

Final

Marshall 24

(9-4, 7-1 C-USA)

Rice 41

(10-3, 7-1 C-USA)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, December 7, 2013

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 0 10 0 1424
RICE 14 7 13 741

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cato (MRSH) - 265 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Ross (RICE) - 18 CAR, 109 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Taylor (RICE) - 6 REC, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Rice captures C-USA championship with victory over Marshall

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Rice clinched its first outright conference title since 1957, running over Marshall 41-24 in the Conference USA Championship Game Saturday.

The Owls (10-3) relied on their bruising ground attack to subdue the Herd (9-4), with running backs Charles Ross and Luke Turner delivering via versatility. Rice gained 250 of its 489 yards on the ground.

Ross rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, upping his season total to 14 and matching the program single-season mark set by Trevor Cobb in 1991. Turner passed for two touchdowns, doubling his career total.

The Owls' defense was exceptional, limiting the Herd to 371 yards and just 4.8 yards per play. Marshall averaged 53 points during the five-game winning streak it carried into its first C-USA Championship Game appearance.

Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
RICE
1st Downs2323
Total Yards371487
Passing265239
Rushing106248
Penalties4-409-81
3rd Down Conversions7-178-14
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers10
Possession27:4032:20

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato24/412656.521
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McHargue8/1619612.310

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taliaferro17533.109
Cato9252.8010
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ross181096.1216
Dillard10535.3117

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hoskins69916.5027
Shuler8789.8020
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor613121.8175
Parks13737.0037

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHRICE
TD10:15Donte Moore 35 Yd Pass From Luke Turner (Chris Boswell Kick) 07
TD08:05Jordan Taylor 75 Yd Pass From Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERMRSHRICE
FG12:21Justin Haig 27 Yd 314
TD11:29Charles Ross 4 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 321
TD09:18Devon Johnson 1 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1021
THIRD QUARTERMRSHRICE
TD05:34Darik Dillard 17 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1027
TD00:24Connor Cella 8 Yd Pass From Luke Turner (Chris Boswell Kick) 1034
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHRICE
TD11:02Essray Taliaferro 7 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 1734
TD08:09Charles Ross 16 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 1741
TD05:35Devon Smith 3 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 2441