Rice University football's offense put together a strong ground game, but was unable to overcome the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies in a 38-10 setback on Saturday night in front of 103,867 fans at Kyle Field.
The Owls (0-2) held the ball for a whopping 43:14 on the night, tallying 481 yards, including a balanced 241 through the air and 240 on the ground.
Sophomore Jowan Davis carried the ball a career-high 23 times for 86 yards, followed by another career rushing performance by junior quarterback Driphus Jackson, who totaled 84 yards on 13 rushes.
Jackson completed 21-of-32 passes for 212 yards and a score. Senior Mario Hull found himself on the receiving end of Rice's lone touchdown, a 20-yard strike in the second quarter to pull the Owls within 14-7. It was Hull's first-career score, and his 57 yards on three catches led the team.
After the Owls narrowed the margin with the score, the Aggies (3-0, 1-0 SEC) rattled off 21-straight points in the second and third quarters to regain control of the game at 35-7.
James Hairston then knocked through a 33-yard field goal to break the streak. Rice then held the Aggies to just one more score in the fourth quarter. It was TAMU's lowest-scoring output of the season as the squad entered the game averaging 62.5 points per game.
On defense, Gabe Baker and Jaylon Finner led the team with six tackles each. Malcolm Hill forced the team's first turnover of the season with a fourth-quarter interception. It was the sixth theft of the senior's career.
Defensive linemen Dylan Klare and Brian Nordstrom each recorded a sack as the Owls recorded four tackles in the backfield.
Rice opens its home slate next Saturday against Old Dominion in the Conference USA opener for both teams.