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Game 9

Rice 51, Utah 10

Houston, Texas - Nov. 2
Rice Stadium - Att. 23, 250

HOUSTON - Utah suffered its worst defeat in six years at the hands of Rice, 55-10. Nothing worked for Utah, which put up season-low numbers on offense and defense. The Utes, who had won seven straight games and were ranked in the Top-20 in both polls going into the game, managed just 278 yards of total offense, while relinquishing 524. The special teams also struggled--with a missed chip shot field goal, a Rice touchdown off a punt return and a Ute punt return downed inside the 5-yard line figuring as the key mistakes. The Utes completed just one of 13 third down attempts, while their counterparts were making good on seven of 12.

To make a bad day worse, injuries hit the Utes hard. Starting quarterback Mike Fouts played just one series in the second half due to a hip pointer incurred after his only touchdown throw of the game. Other starters who exited with injuries were wide receiver Rocky Henry (shoulder), running back Juan Johnson (ankle) and defensive end Nate Kia (shoulder).

Receiver Terence Keehan had 87 yards and one touchdown and sophomore running back Omar Bacon ran for 58 yards.

Utah    3    7   0   0 - 10
Rice    9   14  21   7 - 51

Scoring Summary
UU--Pulsipher 20 field goal, 8:39, 1st
RU--Perry 11 run (Ruff kick), 3:46, 1st
RU--Safety (intentional grounding), 0:31, 1st
RU--Wood 1 run (Ruff kick), 13:09, 3rd
RU--Perry 67 punt return (Ruff kick), 2nd
UU--Keehan 39 pass from Fouts (Pulsipher kick), 1:33, 2nd
RU--George 76 run (Grimes kick), 14:06, 3rd
RU--Wood 4 run (Grimes kick), 7:49, 3rd
RU--Winship 60 interception return (Grimes kick), 7:11, 4th

Team Statistics           UU       RU
First Downs               15       25
Net Rushing            26-91   70-496
Passing              35-18-1    3-1-0
Passing Yards            187       28
Total Offense         61-278   73-524
Fumbles                  1-0      3-1
Penalties               4-16     8-55
Interceptions            0-0   1-60-1
Punting                7-299    2-102
Punt Returns             1-1  5-128-1
Kickoff Returns        8-173     2-60
Time of Possession     24:51    35:09
Third Down Conversions  1-13     7-12
Fourth Down Conversions  2-2      0-1
Sacks By                 0-0     1-10

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD)--Utah: Bacon 15-58-0, Johnson 7-30-0. Rice: George 6-108-1, Nelson 8-99-0, Perry 14-87-1, Richardson 12-66-0, Wood 17-60-2.

Passing (Att-Comp-I-Yds-TD)--Utah: Fouts 24-13-0-138-1, Jones 10-5-1-49-0, Styles 1-0-0-0-0. Rice: Richardson 3-1-0-28-1.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD)--Utah: Keehan 6-87-1, Dyson 3-25-0, Bacon 4-24-0. Rice: Gingrich 1-28-1.

Kickoff Returns--Utah: Dyson 3-82-0, Lawson 3-77-0. Rice: Perry 2-60-0.

Punt Returns--Utah: Lusk 1-1. Rice: Perry 3-102-1.

Defensive Leaders--Utah: Tackles: Kaufusi 12, Love 11, Dart 10. Sacks: None. TFL: Kauhaahaa 3-9, Hooks 1-3, Lave 1-1. Interceptions: None.

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