HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Rice trafficked to West Virginia in hopes of knocking off a nationally-ranked competition and fluctuating a six-game winning streak.
Those hopes were dead rather fast on Saturday afternoon as No. 21 Marshall dominated from a start in a 41-14 win over a Owls.
Rice gathered only 180 yards of sum offense — 75 of that came on a late expostulate opposite a Herd’s pot — and had difficulty anticipating ways to get Marshall off a margin on third down in a loss.
“I would put that invulnerability right adult there with Notre Dame,” Bailiff pronounced following his team’s initial detriment in 7 games. “They have a good plain invulnerability that we don’t remember a year ago.”
A year ago, Rice (6-4, 4-2 Conference USA) dominated Marshall en track to a 41-24 win over a Herd in a Conference USA Championship.
This year, a Owls could never get flying.
Rice quarterback Driphus Jackson finished only 11-of-23 for 99 yards on a day while being sacked 3 times and pressured 7 others, that resulted in rushed throws.
Jordan Taylor held 9 of a 11 pass completions from Jackson, though was incompetent to find a finish section as Marshall done a accordant bid to take him out of a equation as best as possible.
“They did a good pursuit interlude us and we couldn’t govern it as good as we would like to,” Taylor said. “The outcome was 14 points and a butt-kicking, so we give all a credit to them.”
The rushing conflict for a Owls never got a legs underneath it, either, finishing with only 81 yards on 35 carries.
While Rice couldn’t get a offense in rhythm, Marshall (10-0, 6-0) had no such problems, aggregation 581 yards of sum offense while progressing a offset conflict that has brought success this season.
Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato finished 23-of-37 for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns with an interception.
Running behind Devon Johnson finished with 199 yards on 27 carries and had a 2-yard touchdown run that put Marshall adult 34-7 after 3 quarters.
“He is, in my opinion, a difference,” Bailiff said. “Cato was good final year, though now they have a rushing that they can count on.”
Marshall scored a game’s initial 17 points before Bryce Callahan returned an interception to Marshall’s 17-yard line to set adult Jowan Davis’ 3-yard touchdown run. The Herd combined a 21-yard margin idea late in a half to go into a locker room with a 20-7 lead.
Following a break, Marshall scored a initial 21 points of a half, squeezing a span of Cato touchdown passes to parsimonious finish Eric Frohnapfel and far-reaching receiver Deon-Tay McManus around a Johnson 2-yard plunge.
The 21 points represented a many second-half points that Rice has given adult all season, that includes waste to Texas AM and Notre Dame.
Following a game, Bailiff compared Marshall, ranked No. 21 this week in a Associated Press poll, to a Power 5 teams.
“We have played AM and we have played Notre Dame,” Bailiff said. “Marshall is right adult there with those guys. They are a good football team.”
Rice earnings to movement during 7 p.m. on Friday when a Owls horde UTEP during Rice Stadium.