Marshall could not secure its first league title in eleven years, falling at Rice 41-24 in Saturday's Conference USA Championship game.
The Owls showed why their rushing attack ranks 17th nationally as they gouged Marshall for 248 yards on the ground. The leading rushed in C-USA, Rice running back Charles Ross rumbled for 109 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Overall the Rice ground game averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
When Owls quarterback Taylor McHargue was not handing off, he often found wide receiver Taylor Jordan deep down the field. Jordan finished the afternoon with a game high six catches for 131 and a touchdown.
One the other hand, Marshall's offense struggled against a stout Rice defense. The Owls limited Rakeem Cato to 265 yards passing on 24 completions. Marshall running back Essray Taliaferro was also bottled up as he only gained 53 yards on 17 carries.
Following the game, Marshall accepted a bid to the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. The bowl takes place on December 27th at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis Maryland. The Herd will play a yet to be determined Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
Charleston Daily Mail
Marshall football: Herd falls at Rice 41-24, in C-USA title game
Marshall Falls to Rice in C-USA Football Championship Game