Houston (3-0) 31
Rice (1-2) 26
PASS: O'Korn (HOU): 15-33, 281, 3 TD McHargue (RICE): 21-36, 232
RUSH: Jackson (HOU): 19-87, TD Dillard (RICE): 9-61
REC: Greenberry (HOU): 6-146, TD Taylor (RICE): 6-58
So wait a second, is Houston for real? They sure look like they might be ok, even with some patchy QB play. The Bud's new favorite player, Deonte Greenberry, caught 6 for 146, and in spite of a few drops, was hard to handle for the Owls. Greenberry has become the target of choice for whoever is holding down the Cougs quarterback position. John O'Korn played well in spots, not so well in others. Backup Greg Ward was electric running the ball, not so much throwing. David Piland continues to be out with injury, and yet in spite of all U of H's quarterback issues, they are 3-0.
Rice has to have a game like this. The Owls however struggled offensively after Charles Ross went down with an injury. Rice's yards per carry fell below 4 and their offense missed that balance. Rice made a game late thanks in part to an incredible on-side kick, but the hole had been dug.
Chalk some of that up to Houston, freshman defensive end Tyrus Bowser was a wrecking crew while linebacker Derek Matthews just made plays baby.
Houston travels to UTSA and could well be 4-0. Rice has a winnable game at home against Florida Atlantic before the C-USA showdown against Tulsa.