Tyler Stehling threw for 407 yards and five touchdowns, both career highs, and Rice raced to a 65-44 victory over Prairie View on Saturday.
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The Irish didn't show much fight in losing to Stanford. Their reward? A return to the coveted fifth spot in this week's rankings.
The Big 12 could not reach consensus on possible expansion candidates and will remain at 10 schools for now.
Will the presidents finally be decisive to keep this expansion drama from dragging on longer? Or will the Big 12 kick the can further down the road?
Dalton Sturm threw two touchdown passes in the first half and Texas-San Antonio held on to beat Rice 14-13 on Saturday night.
LSU and Florida shared the coveted fifth spot in this week's Bottom 10 after the SEC foes failed to reschedule their game postponed by Hurricane Matthew.
Texas gave up 49 points to Oklahoma State, had three extra points blocked in the first half and put Charlie Strong on the hot seat. So the Bottom 10 awarded the Horns its coveted fifth spot.
Nick Mullens threw for 591 yards and four touchdowns and Southern Mississippi set a school record with 702 yards of total offense in a 44-28 win over Rice on Saturday night.
A lot of Irish eyes probably were doing more crying than smiling Saturday when Notre Dame lost to Duke, and we here at the Bottom 10 aren't here to hand out tissues.
Houston and Air Force remain atop the Big 12 expansion standings for another week, but BYU is making its way up.
Willy Ivery plunged in from 4-yards out, Rice's Darik Dillard was stuffed on 4th-and-1 on the ensuing drive, and North Texas escaped Rice with a 42-35 win in 2OT on Saturday night.
Is Houston a lock? Candidates are in "limbo" and no one knows if a vote will even happen. For Big 12 expansion, according to many insiders, anything is possible.
Things keep heading downhill for Oklahoma, which lost big on Saturday to Ohio State. That earned the Sooners a sweet spot in the Bottom 10, the power rankings no one wants to appear on.
Seth Russell threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns and No. 21 Baylor shrugged off a slow start to beat Rice 38-10 on Friday night.
Bears’ offense too much for Owls
After a scoreless first quarter, No. 21 Baylor's offense proved to be too much for Rice to handle. QB Seth Russell threw for 337 yards, meanwhile the Bears rushed for 292 yards combined. Owls senior RB Darik Dillard rushed for 124 yards on 14 carries. Baylor picked up a 38-10 road win over Rice. Box score
Bears pulling away from Owls
QB Seth Russell finds KD Cannon on a short route and the wideout does the rest. Cannon has 213 yards on nine catches with two TDs so far against Rice. The Bears lead 38-10 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Rice band marched into a IX at halftime Friday night in a game against Baylor as the school emerges from a tumultuous sexual assault scandal.
Baylor extends lead over rice
Terence Williams takes the handoff and goes right up the middle untouched for a 24-yard touchdown to boost Baylor's lead to 21-10 over Rice.
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