Rice came tighten to a initial shutout in 231 games on Saturday.
The Owls will take another miracle instead – play eligibility for a school-record third year in a row.
Jowan Davis ran for 121 yards and a Owls usually missed a initial shutout in 14 years with a 17-7 feat over UTSA during Rice Stadium.
The Owls extended their season-high winning strain to 6 games streamer into subsequent week’s vicious showdown during No. 23 Marshall.
Driphus Jackson scored on a 9-yard run, Mario Hull held an 8-yard pass and James Farrimond combined a 37-yard margin idea for a Owls, who have won 10 true homecoming games.
After struggling to put points on a house for many of a game, a Owls took control, 17-0, when Jackson found Hull in a behind of a finish section with 2:28 left in a third quarter.
Before that, a Owls had unsuccessful to measure notwithstanding 3 trips inside a UTSA 25-yard line, blank dual margin goals and throwing an interception.
UTSA scored a usually points on a 24-yard pass from backup quarterback Austin Robinson to Kenny Bias mid by a fourth quarter. It was a initial second-half points authorised by a Owls given Oct. 11 during Army.
It also finished a Owls’ hopes of a initial shutout given violence UNLV 38-0 in a 1995 deteriorate opener.
UTSA had a possibility to lift some movement into halftime with a round during a Rice 6 and 7 seconds left. Robinson, who transposed harmed quarterback Tucker Carter (shoulder), kept a round on an choice and was wrapped adult by several Rice defenders as time expired.
Rice clever reserve Malcolm Hill was ejected for targeting with 22 seconds left in a initial half and contingency lay out a initial half opposite Marshall.
The 23 wins by a Owls given 2012 are a many in a three-year widen in propagandize history, leading a 22 won from 1934-36.