Southern Miss (4-1, 1-1 Conference USA) gained 654 total yards,
including 370 on the ground, but four turnovers kept Rice (1-3,
0-1) in the game. The Owls scored twice on fumble recoveries,
including a 96-yard return by Xavier Webb that briefly gave Rice a
24-20 lead early in the third quarter.
But the Owls simply couldn't stop the Southern Miss offense. The
Golden Eagles kept churning away with big gains on the ground, even
as Hardy and backup Jamal Woodyard left the game with injuries.
Kelvin Bolden caught nine passes for 132 yards and a touchdown
for Southern Miss while Ryan Balentine caught seven for 114 yards
and two touchdowns.
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