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Rice vs. Tulsa: Owls still win-less in C-USA

Rice coughed up a half-time lead and fell to 0-4 in C-USA play with a tough 28-24 road loss to the Golden Hurricane.

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Rice vs. Tulsa final: Owls lose 28-24

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane came back from a halftime deficit to defeat the Rice Owls 28-24 in Tulsa on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing by three points until late in the fourth quarter, the 7-1 Golden Hurricane claimed the 28-24 victory when Alex Singleton scored on a one-yard touchdown run. Tulsa started the drive with under three minutes remaining, and got into scoring position after Ja'Terian Douglas ripped off a 75-yard run on the first play of the drive.

Rice took a 24-21 lead in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard field goal from Chris Boswell. This reclaimed the lead for Rice after it led 21-14 at halftime.

Tulsa quarterback Kalen Henderson completed only eight of his 23 passes, but threw for 201 yards and one touchdown. His passing-game playmaker was Keyarris Garrett, who had three catches for 118 yards.

Box Score Hero: Douglas. The Tulsa running back finished with 169 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Rankings Ramifications: Tulsa received a couple points in the polls last week. Now at 7-1, Tulsa should start to get closer to the top 25.

But Did They Cover? Tulsa was a 19-point favorite, and did not cover.

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Next Week's Schedule: Tulsa enjoys a bye, while Rice with host Southern Miss.

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Rice Owls lead at halftime, 21-14

Despite being 19-point underdogs against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, the Rice Owls claim a 21-14 lead at halftime against the Conference-USA leaders.

The Owls got on the board first with a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown. While the Golden Hurricane tied the score at 7-7 later in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by Alex Singleton, the two teams continued to trade scores.

Rice's Taylor McHargue rushed 20 yards for a score early in the second quarter and responded to another Tulsa score by finding Luke Wilson in the middle of the field to give the Owls a 21-14 lead.

Neither team has had much success throwing the ball, but with more than 100 yards rushing for each team in the first half, both teams have been able to effectively move the ball on offense. Neither McHargue nor Tulsa's Kalen Henderson have been able to complete more than 50 percent of their passes.

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