Welp. After winning the conference for the first time in 56 years, the Rice Owls ended the season on a sour note,
losing getting absolutely hammered by the Mississippi Bulldogs by a final score of 44-7.
What a performance by Dak Prescott! Prescott, whose mother passed away less than two months ago from cancer, delivered one of the best performances of his career, finishing with three passing touchdowns and two touchdowns on the ground.
The Owls actually scored the first TD of the game before giving up 44 unanswered points. Charles Ross scored from 1 yard out, and finished the game with just 28 yards on 10 carries.
It was all Mississippi State from then on out. The Bulldogs scored four touchdowns in the first half, including a 4-yard TD pass from Prescott to Artimas Samuel with 10 seconds remaining in the half, to give the Bulldogs a 27-7 lead.
The Owls couldn’t muster up anything on offense in the second half. They finished with 145 TOTAL yards on the game, 84 in the air and 61 on the ground. The Owls only managed 7 first downs in the game whereas their opponent finished with 27 first downs.
Three different receivers caught touchdowns from Prescott, though Jameon Lewis didn’t. Lewis led the Bulldogs with 9 receptions for 220 yards. After the Owl’s first touchdown, the Bulldogs scored on six of there next seven possessions, including two Prescott running touchdowns in the third quarter.
The Owls entered the game looking for their second consecutive bowl win for the first time in history. The Owls usually rely on their running game, which averages 240 rushing yards a game, yet they only were able to muster 61 yards on the ground. The Owls knew coming into the game the Bulldogs would be prepared for the run, yet they couldn’t make adjustments to throw off the Bulldogs defense.
So the Owls season comes to an end. Their conference championship made our “Top 5 Moments of 2013” and that is something that should make the players and staff proud. It was a great season for the Owls and hopefully they will be bowl-bound again next year!