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.
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.
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.