Houston Football Falls Short in Overtime

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    AP Sports Writer

    HOUSTON (AP) (Sept 2) - Freshman Robbie Beck scored two touchdowns, the last a 1-yard dive in overtime, to rally Rice to a 30-27 victory over Houston on Saturday night, September 2.

    Houston defender Bachie McGruder, left, in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, in Houston.(AP Photo/Tim Johnson)
    The Owls had a 24-17 lead with 1:50 left in the game but the Cougars rallied behind Jason McKinley, who completed 32 of 47 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns. The last was a 6-yarder to Brian Robinson with 39 seconds left in regulation.

    Mike Clark kicked a 37-yard field goal on the Cougars' possession in the overtime. When the Owls got their turn, Beck dove over the right side from the 1.

    Trailing 17-10 in the fourth quarter, the Owls rallied behind backup quarterback Corey Evans, whose 19-yard run set up a 1-yard touchdown by Beck that tied it with 2:42 left in the game.

    The Cougars then were forced to punt deep in their own territory. Rice freshman Jeff Vanover burst through from the right side, batted the ball and chased it into the end zone to make it 24-17 with 1:50 left.

    But the Cougars weren't finished. After a 41-yard kickoff return by Kendall Williams, McKinley completed five straight passes, ending with a 6-yard touchdown strike to Brian Robinson with 39 seconds left in regulation play.

    McKinley also hit Robinson with a 7-yard touchdown pass with 5:24 to go in the third quarter that gave the Cougars a 17-10 lead.

    Pre-game temperatures of 102 degrees took a toll on both teams with the Cougars making their go-ahead drive for the 17-10 advantage with their No. 4 running back, Damon Terrell, instead of starter Joffrey Reynolds, who was briefly sidelined getting heat-related treatments.

    Several Rice players also had to take breathers from the sweltering heat.

    Both sides also suffered losses. Rice starting quarterback Jeremy Hurd broke a finger on his right hand in the third quarter and will be out six weeks. Houston's top receiver, Orlando Iglesias, sprained his left ankle in the first half and did not return.

    The Cougars took a 10-10 tie at the half on a 1-yard dive by Reynolds and a 22-yard field goal by Clark with 2:31 left.

    Derek Crabtree's 42-yard field goal early in the second quarter and a 64-yard interception return by Travis Ortega with 6:01 left in the second quarter gave the Owls their first-half scoring.



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