Late Field Goal Dooms SMU In 43-42 Loss To Rice

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Nov. 10, 2007

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DALLAS (AP) -- Rice kicker Clark Fangmeier hit a 31-yard field goal with no time left to give Rice a 43-42 win over SMU on Saturday.

Fangmeier's field goal capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive that consumed the final 2:29 of the game and helped the Owls (3-7,3-3 Conference USA) overcome a 15-point fourth quarter deficit.

Clement scored on a 6-yard run to narrow SMU's lead to 42-40 with 10:01 left in the game, but the Owls failed on the two-point conversion attempt. Clement began the quarter by scoring on an 8-yard run on the first play.

SMU's Justin Willis completed 13 of 31 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score.

The Mustangs scored 28 straight points to take a 42-27 lead after a 1-yard run by Chris Butler with 2:06 left in the third quarter.

The Owls returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the first half to help build a 27-21 halftime lead. Brandon King scored on a 30-yard interception return and Andrew Sendejo scored on a 31-yard return with 4:53 left in the second quarter for a 27-14 Rice lead.

Zack Sledge caught three touchdown passes of 21, 15 and 6 yards for the Mustangs. Sledge finished with five receptions for 68 yards. SMU's DeMyron Martin led all rushers with 137 yards on 16 carries.