HOUSTON (Ticker) - Antwan Shell's return of a blocked punt jumpstarted Rice to a 27-15 victory over Western Athletic Conference rival Southern Methodist.
Shell picked up a block of SMU punter Brennan Landry and ran 26 yards for a score 2:20 into the second quarter to give the Owls a 10-3 lead.
The Owls (3-5, 2-3 WAC) added TD runs of three yards by Ed Bailey and 33 yards by Robbie Beck to open up a 24-3 advantage with 10:40 to play in the third quarter.
Quarterback Gren Henderson had 90 yards rushing for Rice, which outgained SMU, 245-132, on the ground. The Owls lead the WAC in rushing.
Keylon Kincade had 122 yards rushing for the Mustangs (1-8, 1-4), who notched their only victory of the season last week against Louisiana Tech, 37-34.
Richard Bartel went 30-of-42 for 267 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for SMU, which had 86 more total yards than Rice and a 7:24 edge in time of possession.