ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Ticker) -- Rice had no trouble against the nation's worst rushing defense and Kyle Herm passed for two touchdowns in a 21-13 victory over winless Navy.
Off to their best start since 1960, the Owls (5-1) rolled up 276 yards on the ground. Herm led the rushing attack with 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Robbie Beck added 79 yards and freshman Clint Hatfield contributed 72, helping Rice hold the ball for just over 32 minutes.
At the helm of the Owls' spread offense, Herm had not thrown for a touchdown in the first five games of the season. But he put the Owls ahead for good, 7-3, with a 33-yard TD strike to Matt Weber with 5:21 left in the first quarter.
Herm also connected with Beck for a 30-yard score with 82 seconds left in the second quarter before David Hills kicked his second field goal of the game, a 43-yarderm, that got Navy (0-5) within 21-6 at halftime.
The Midshipmen scored the only touchdown of the second half as freshman quarterback Brian Madden went in from one yard early in the fourth quarter.
A late fumble by the Owls kept alive Navy's comeback hopes, but a final drive stalled in Rice territory with 27 seconds remaining.
Madden carried 34 times for 94 yards and completed 10-of-16 passes for 125 yards. But Navy suffered its third straight homecoming defeat and has lost 15 of its last 16 games overall.
Herm was just 6-of-10 for 102 yards.