Two weeks ago against the Houston Cougars, it was Tyler Smith left, Tyler Smith right, and Tyler Smith up the middle for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Add Wild Owl Pete who rushed for 140 yards, and observers could reasonably assume that Rice had finally discovered their ground game.
In the end, the Owls piled up 443 yards on the ground against the Houston Cougars which could have been a signal that the Rice coaching staff had planned to use the run exclusively against UTEP.
What made the offensive game plan more presumptuous was that the Owls finished with 116 yards passing between all three quarterbacks; Nick Fanuzzi, Taylor McHargue, and Turner Petersen; not a big number in the stat passing category.
HOLD YOUR HORSES, ER OWLS
The Owls coaching staff changed the game plan – completely. Nick Fanuzzi, who came off the bench against Tulsa and threw for 234 yards on 20-of-37 passing, got the start against UTEP and played lights out.
Fanuzzi played the game of his college career finish 30-of-43 for 405 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 41-37 win. He became only one of three Owls to throw for over 400 yards in a game. Fanuzzi was pinpoint accurate and on schedule with his passes in a beautiful display of talent.
Because of that display of talent, Fanuzzi was named … MORE>>