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11/30/2013 7:44 PM EST
Rice trips Tulane 17-13 to reach C-USA title game
RICE 17, TULANE 13
HOUSTON (AP) -- Taylor McHargue threw for a touchdown and Jawon
Davis ran for one on the next possession and Rice held on for a
17-13 win over Tulane to reach the Conference USA championship
game for the first time.
The Owls (9-3, 7-1) dominated the game statistically but a date
next weekend with East Division champion Marshall was in doubt
until the end. BCS rankings will determine the game site.
The Green Wave (7-5, 5-3) opened the scoring with a Cairo Santos
field goal but McHargue hit Turner Petersen for a 19-yard score
late in the first quarter. Then early in the second Davis bolted
16-yards to make it 14-3. Standout kicker Chris Boswell made it
17-3 7 seconds before halftime.
Despite holding Tulane to 123 yards of offense, a 1-14 effort on
third down and holding the ball for 18 more minutes, Rice
struggled to close the deal.
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