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Rice took advantage of the miscue on a 1-yard touchdown run by Smith that made it 10-7.

With the rain coming down at its heaviest, Houston couldn’t get its offense going early and had to punt after Rice went ahead. The Cougars next possession ended when Keenum was intercepted by Bryce Callahan.

The Owls came up empty on the ensuing drive when Boswell slipped on the rain-slicked grass and missed a 38-yard field goal attempt.

The wet conditions continued to be a factor on Houston’s next drive when the wet ball slipped out of Keenum’s hand as he tried to pass. Cameron Nwosu scooped it up and ran 12 yards for a touchdown to push Rice’s lead to 17-7.

The rain had let up when Houston got the ball back and Keenum found Edwards for his first touchdown pass.