Sep 22, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd safety Okechukwu Okoroha (10) and safety Dominick LeGrande (6) celebrate a defensive stop against the Rice Owls in the first quarter at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Rice Vs. Marshall: Owls Force Double OT, But Lose 54-51

The Rice Owls took Marshall to double overtime, but couldn't pull out the win, losing 54-51.

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Rice Vs. Marshall Final Score: Owls Lose In Double OT, 54-51

The Rice Owls took the Marshall Thundering Herd to double overtime but ultimately fell short, losing 54-51. Marshall struck first in overtime, with running back Remi Watson scoring on a three-yard touchdown run. The Owls responded with a touchdown of their own by quarterback Driphus Jackson, tying the game at 48 apiece.

In the second overtime, however, Marshall held Rice to a 23-yard field goal by kicker Chris Boswell. Marshall clinched the victory on a 5-yard scoring rush by running back Kevin Grooms.

Box Score Hero: Rice saw an impressive performance from quarterback Taylor McHargue in the losing effort. McHargue completed 21 of 36 passes for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns. McHargue also added 153 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a 43 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Rankings Ramifications: Both teams currently sit outside the Top 25, so this game shouldn't impact the rankings.

But Did They Cover? Marshall failed to cover the spread, being favored by 3.5 entering the game.

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Next Week's Schedule: Rice hosts Houston next Saturday, while Marshall travels to Purdue.

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Rice Vs. Marshall: Tied 41-41 At End Of Regulation

Rice Owls kicker Chris Boswell nailed a 23 yard field goal as time expired to tie the Marshall Thundering Herd at 41 apiece at the end of regulation.

Rice had trailed by 10 points with 4 minutes remaining after Marshall running back Remi Washington punched into the end zone on a two yard rush. Marshall's attempted 2-point conversion failed, and Rice took control. The Owls executed a 6-play, 61-yard scoring drive that took a mere 53 seconds off the clock. The drive was capped off by a stunning 43-yard rush by Owls quarterback Taylor McHargue.

After a defensive stop, the Owls struggled to put together a drive, managing only 23 yards on 21 plays, eventually settling for a field goal as time expired.

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Rice Vs. Marshall: Owls Trail At Halftime, 21-14

The Rice Owls trail at halftime against Marshall, 21-14. In the first quarter, these teams traded touchdowns and Marshall finished the first quarter with a 14-7 lead. The second quarter saw similar results, as Marshall set the tone with a score and Rice responded.

Kevin Grooms cracked the scoreboard first with a 17-yard touchdown run. Rice running back Turner Petersen answered on a 30-yard touchdown scamper of his own to even the score.

Marshall, however closed the quarter with another trip to the end zone, with Steward Butler rushing for a 57-yard touchdown. Marshall took a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter on a five-yard pass from Rakeem Cato to Kevin Grooms.

But Rice chipped into the lead when Taylor McHargue connected with Donte Moore for a 43-yard touchdown pass.

McHargue completed just 50 percent of his passes including that touchdown in the first half, compared to Marshall's Cato who completed 78 percent of his passes and a touchdown toss.

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Rice Vs. Marshall: Owls Using Offensive Players At Defensive End

The Rice Owls have lost a staggering eight defensive ends this season, which has led the team to pluck from the offense to fill the position, according to the Houston Chronicle.

During Wednesday's practice, wide receiver Derek Brown and running back Broderick Jackson each worked on the opposite side of the ball at defensive end. Both are expected to see playing time at the position when the Owls meet the Marshall Thundering Herd in this weekend's Conference USA opener.

The two players have prior experience on defense. A freshman, Brown played defensive end in high school, while Jackson played the position at Tyler Junior College.

Rice and Marshall, both 1-2, meet in Houston 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Owls are coming off a 56-37 loss to Louisiana Tech.

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Rice Vs. Marshall: Thundering Herd Have Never Won In Texas

Marshall comes into their game with Rice on Saturday with a troubled history in the state of Texas. In three games against Houston and Rice, the Thundering Record have an 0-3 record with a combined score of 133-66.

However, the current players are trying to shrug all that off, as safety Dominick LeGrande told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch:

"You just have to throw that out the window and just play," LeGrande said. "That doesn't mean anything. It's just talk because the game still has to be played. I feel like that puts the wrong thing in guys' heads that are young and don't know how to handle it too well. I just want to feed them the right confidence."

After all, there's only so much those games can tell us about the respective strengths of the 2012 version of those teams. Both Marshall and Rice have 1-2 records, with big losses to a BCS program (West Virginia and UCLA) as well as defeats to strong mid-major programs (Ohio and Louisiana Tech).

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Rice Vs. Marshall: Owls Open Conference USA Season Hosting Thundering Herd

The Rice Owls host Marshall in the Conference USA opener for both teams Sept. 22.

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