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  • 2013 Conference USA Champion | 1

    2013 Rice Schedule/Results Date Opponent Time/Result Series Record/Notes Aug. 31 at No. 7 Texas A&M ESPN L, 52-31 Rice tallied 306 rushing yards, averaging 6.0 yards per attempt. Sept. 14 Kansas CBSSN W, 23-14 Charles Ross rolled up a career-high 157 yards on the ground in the home opener. Sept. 21 vs. Houston & FSN L, 31-26 Rice rallied from 18 down in the fourth quarter, but UH retained the Bayou Bucket. Sept. 28 Florida Atlantic * FCS W, 18-14 The Owls scored 12-straight points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Oct. 5 at Tulsa * CBSSN W OT, 30-27 Rice snapped a six-game skid against the division rival with an overtime victory. Oct. 12 at UTSA * TW W, 27-21 Rice jumped out to a 27-7 lead and did not commit a turnover in the road win. Oct. 19 at New Mexico State W, 45-19 Rice piled up 409 rushing yards and 509 yards of total offense in the rout. Oct. 26 UTEP * CSS W, 45-7 The Owls racked up 45 points for a second-straight week and became bowl eligible. Oct. 31 at North Texas * FS1 L, 28-16 Despite outgaining NT by 102 yards, Rice dropped its first C-USA game of 2013. Nov. 16 Louisiana Tech *# CBSSN W, 52-14 Charles Ross had a career game with 215 yards and five touchdowns in the rout. Nov. 21 at UAB * FS1 W OT, 37-34 The Owls won a second overtime game behind 328 rushing yards. Nov. 30 Tulane * FCS W, 17-13 Rice’s defense held Tulane to six first downs and 123 yards to clinch the division. Dec. 7 Marshall ^ ESPN2 W, 41-24 Rice claimed its first C-USA title and Luke Turner was named Most Valuable Player. Dec. 31 vs. Mississippi State ESPN 3 p.m. CT 0-1 / The Owls make their first-ever appearance in the Autozone Liberty Bowl. * Conference USA game | & Reliant Stadium | #Homecoming | ^ Conference USA Championship

    Owls Memphis Bound to Face MSU Bulldogs Thanks to a dominating performance in the C-USA Cham- pionship game, the Rice Owls have earned a berth in the 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Rice (10-3/7-1) is repeating in bowl action for the first time since 1960-61.

    Rice in a Bowl This is Rice’s 11th appearance in a bowl game, a history that began when the Owls face Colorado in the second annual Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1938. Jess Neely led the Owls to six bowls during his career, begining with the 1947 Orange Bowl and concluding with the 1961 Blue- bonnet Bowl. Rice ended a drought of 45 years without a bowl when they earned a berth in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl, the first of four appearnaces since Rice joined Conference USA. This is the Owls third bowl appearance under David Bailiff.

    Last Action Rice started fast and never gave Marshall a chance to rebound, scoring on its first two possession on the way to a 41-24 win in the Conference USA Championship Game at Rice Stadium. Sophomore running back Luke Turner earned MVP honors thanks to a pair of touchdown passes while junior WR Jordan Taylor and senior RB Charles Ross each topped 100 yards to key the victory. Taylor set a championship game record with his 75-yard TD reception on the Owls second possession. On defense, the Owls held down a Thundering Herd attack that had averaged over 50 points in the final five games of the regular season to just 24.

    Closing with a Rush Rice is 25-9 in games played in November or later since 2006. The Owls were 4-1 in 2006, 2-2 in 2007, 5-0 in 2008, 2-2 in 2009, 2010 and 2011, 4-0 in 2012 and 4-0 this year. Rice has a 13-game home winning streak in November. The Owls’ last home loss in the month came on Nov. 24, 2007, 48-43, to Tulsa.

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    RICE OWLS FOOTBALL GAME NOTES GAME 14 • VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE • AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL • MEMPHIS, TENN.

    LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM • DEC. 31, 2013 • 3 P.M. • ESPN

    On the Tube The 55th Liberty Bowl will be broadcast by ESPN. Bob Wischusen will call the action and be joined in the booth by Rod Gilmore. Quint Kessenich will report from the side- lines.

    Rice Media Relations Football Contact l Chuck Pool Office Number l 713.348.5775 Cell Number l 832.244.6476 Email Address l cpool@rice.edu SID Fax Number l 713.348.6019 Rice Press Box l 713.348.5638 Rice Web Site l www.RiceOwls.com Rice Twitter l @riceowlsdotcom / @RiceFootball1 Rice FootballFacebook l facebook.com/riceowlsfootball

    Radio In addition to returning the bulk of the 2012 roster and all of the coaching staff, the Owls radio broadcast crew also returns intact for 2013. JP Heath begins his second season of calling play-by-play, while Nate Griffin (analyst) and Jorge Vargas (sideline) are the returning members of the broadcast crew. The broadcasts are engineered by Frankie Hicks.

    Series with Mississippi State This is the second meeting betwee Rice and Mississippi State. The schools met on October 11, 1975 at Rice Stadium with the Bulldogs taking a 28-14 decision. It will be the Owls second appearance in a bowl with a team from Mississippi. They dropped a 14-6 decision to Ole Miss in the 1961 Sugar Bowl.

  • 2 | 2013 Rice Football

    RICE DEPTH CHART OFFENSE TE 87 Connor Cella 6-3 240 Fr.-RS 30 Jeremy Eddington 6-2 250 Sr.-3L LT 79 Jon Hodde 6-7 310 Sr.-2L 72 Ian Gray 6-8 345 Jr.-2L or 78 Brandon Dawkins 6-7 305 Fr.-RS LG 60 Nico Carlson 6-3 285 Jr.-2L 52 Spencer Stanley 6-2 275 Fr.-RS C 53 Nate Richards 6-4 300 Sr.-1L 52 Spencer Stanley 6-2 275 Fr.-RS RG 76 Drew Carroll 6-4 280 Jr.-2L 72 Ian Gray 6-8 345 Jr.-2L RT 74 Caleb Williams 6-3 280 So.-1L 73 John Poehlmann 6-5 290 So.-SQ QB 16 Taylor McHargue 6-2 215 Sr.-3L 5 Driphus Jackson 6-0 205 So.-1L RB 12 Charles Ross 6-1 235 Sr.-3L 35 Luke Turner 6-1 230 So. 1L or 32 Darik Dillard 5-10 195 Fr.-RS or 3 Jowan Davis 5-7 195 Fr.-HS WR 4 Dennis Parks 6-2 195 So.-1L 83 Andre Gautreaux 6-0 200 Sr.-2L WR 81 Donte Moore 6-0 175 Sr.-3L 1 Mario Hull 6-1 210 Jr.-1L WR 15 Jordan Taylor 6-5 210 Jr.-2L 84 Klein Kubiak 6-1 190 Sr.-3L

    DEFENSE LE 90 Cody Bauer 6-4 255 Sr.-3L 18 Zach Patt 6-2 240 Jr.-2L NT 99 Ross Winship 6-4 290 So.-1L 58 Cody Henessee 6-2 265 Fr.-RS DT 56 Christian Covington 6-3 295 So.-1L 96 Dylan Klare 6-2 275 Jr.-2L RE 13 Tanner Leland 6-2 250 Sr.-3L 91 Josh Skinner 6-2 240 Sr.-2L SLB 42 Michael Kutzler 6-0 205 Sr.-2L 41 Alex Lyons 6-0 220 Fr.-RS WLB 10 James Radcliffe 6-2 220 Jr.-2L or 46 Nick Elder 6-0 220 So.-1L 43 Tabari McGaskey 6-0 220 Fr.-RS SS 2 Malcolm Hill 5-11 185 Jr.-2L or 40 Gabe Baker 6-1 210 Jr.-2L 6 Zach Espinosa 6-2 210 So.-1L or 31 Broderick Jackson 5-10 210 Sr.-1L FS 7 Julius White 5-10 195 Jr.-2L 11 Garrett Fuhrman 5-8 180 So.-1L KAT 24 Paul Porras 6-1 205 Sr.-3L 25 Jaylon Finner 5-10 190 Jr.-2L LCB 29 Bryce Callahan 5-10 180 Jr.-2L 23 Anthony Canady 5-9 170 Fr.-HS RCB 15 Phillip Gaines 6-1 185 Sr.-3L 22 Ryan Pollard 5-8 170 So.-SQ DIME 19 Alex Francis 5-9 185 Sr.-2L 22 Ryan Pollard 5-8 170 So.-SQ

    SPECIAL TEAMS PK 9 Chris Boswell 6-2 200 Sr.-3L 27 James Farrimond 6-0 210 So.-RS P 27 James Farrimond 6-0 210 So.-RS 39 Cameron Decell 6-4 205 Fr.-RS DS 17 Trevor Gillette 6-3 240 Sr.-3L 48 Tanyan Farley 6-2 240 Jr.-1L H 84 Klein Kubiak 6-1 200 Sr.-3L 83 Andre Gautreaux 6-0 190 Sr.-1L PR 29 Bryce Callahan 5-10 180 Jr.-2L 84 Klein Kubiak 6-1 200 Sr.-3L KOR 2 Malcolm Hill 5-11 185 Jr.-2L 38 Darion Pollard 5-8 180 Fr.-RS

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    Statistical Comparison Rice Mississippi State Category Actual FBS C-USA Actual FBS SEC Rushing Offense 240.2 16 1 185.8 45 10 Passing Offense 185.5 101 10 240.3 57 7 Total Offense 425.6 49 3 426.2 48 9 Scoring Offense 31.4 51 4 26.3 81 10 Rushing Defense 155.4 54 4 151.1 46 7 Pass Efficiency Defense 126.7 71 4 126.0 77 11 Total Defense 351.1 24 2 366.3 34 6 Scoring Defense 22.9 33 4 24.3 42 8 Net Punting 36.0 86 7 36.9 62 10 Punt Returns 6.3 88 9 2.7 123 14 Kickoff Returns 20.6 77 10 21.5 59 7 Turnover Margin 0.5 27 4 0.6 22 3 Pass Defense 195.7 13 2 215.3 35 7 Passing Efficiency 126.7 71 4 126.0 77 11 Sacks 1.5 102 9 1.3 105 14 Tackles For Loss 5.1 102 10 5.8 67 7 Sacks Allowed 36.0 86 7 36.9 62 10 Fumbles Recovered 11 21 5 10 36 5 Fumbles Lost 9 62 6 5 12 1 Passes Intercepted 14 38 8 14 38 5 Interceptions Thrown 9 29 1 12 64 10 Turnovers Gained 0.5 27 4 0.6 22 3 Turnovers Lost 18 43 2 17 32 5 Fewest Penalties pg 5.5 61 8 5.2 48.0 6 Fewest Yards Penalized pg 47.4 70 10 40.4 28.0 5 Punt Return Yardage Defense 9.4 81 9 6.0 37.0 5 Kickoff Return Yardage Defense 21.0 58 5 21.5 67.0 7 3rd Down Conversions .401 61 6 .372 89 11 4th Down Conversions .571 34 3 .464 73 12 3rd Down Conv. Defense .330 16 1 .358 31 4 4th Down Conv. Defense .448 40 3 .500 54 5 Red Zone Offense .900 14 2 .787 89 11 Red Zone Defense .892 109 10 .842 70 9 First Downs 295 23 3 278 38 7 Time of Possession    33:24 7 1    33:06 11 2

    CONFERENCE USA 2013 C-USA Standings East Division C-USA Overall W L Pct W L Pct Marshall 7 1 .875 9 4 .692 East Carolina 6 2 .750 9 3 .750 Middle Tennessee 6 2 .750 8 4 .667 Florida Atlantic 4 4 .500 6 6 .500 UAB 1 7 .125 2 10 .167 Southern Miss 1 7 .125 1 11 .083 FIU 1 7 .125 1 11 .083

    West Division C-USA Overall W L Pct W L Pct Rice 7 1 .875 10 3 .769 UTSA 6 2 .750 7 5 .583 North Texas 6 2 .750 8 4 .667 Tulane 5 3 .625 7 5 .583 Louisiana Tech 3 5 .375 4 8 .333 Tulsa 2 6 .250 3 9 .250 UTEP 1 7 .125 2 10 .167

    C-USA Upcoming Games SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Tulane vs. Louisiana Lafayette 8 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (ESPN) New Orleans, La. • Mercedes-Benz Superdome

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 East Caro