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Recap - Thundering Herd Defeat Rice 54-51

Steward Butler scampered through the Rice defense for 166 yards as Marshall handed the Owls a 54-51 defeat on Saturday at Rice Stadium.

The game was a push (tie) for betting purposes as the final score was identical to the 3 number at most sportsbooks. The game proved to be a winner for OVER bettors based on the closing total of 71.5.

Rakeem Cato completed 28 of 39 pass attempts for 259 yards for the Thundering Herd in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

Taylor McHargue rushed for 153 yards for Rice, while Turner Petersen added 76 yards. Taylor McHargue threw for 314 yards for the Owls, while receivers Sam McGuffie and Jordan Taylor had 109 and 79 yards respectively.

Marshall was outgained by Rice 647-593 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 34-31 by the Owls.

The time of possession battle favored Rice as their offense was on the field for 33:45, longer than the 26:15 of their opponents.

Marshall looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Purdue. Rice will aim to get back on the winning track vs Houston.