Rice is not going to beat USC tomorrow but can its offense test the Trojans’ defense?
QB Wiley Green is in his fifth year at Rice but this will be his first season as the starter. Last season, he was 36-55 for 414 yards with four TDs and three interceptions.
Rice reciver Cedric Patterson III caught 38 passes for 583 yards and six TDs.
The USC secondary has some inexperienced players so we’ll see how often Rice takes advantage. And let’s see how much Alex Grinch blitzes if Rice does move the ball.
•Rice safety Gabe Taylor is the younger brother of Miami Hurricanes/Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
•If you want to see how important the transfer portal was for USC, here are the returning stat leaders from last season. And none will start tomorrow.
RETURNING STAT LEADERS
RUSHING: Darwin Barlow
62 ATT, 289 YDS, 2 TDS, 4.7 YPC, 26.3 YPG
PASSING: Miller Moss
8 CMP, 13 ATT, 74 YDS, 1 TD/0 INTS, 37.0 YPG
RECEIVING: Tahj Washington
54 REC, 602 YDS, 1 TD, 11.2 YPC, 50.2 YPG
TACKLES: Ralen Goforth
62 TKLS; 1.0 TFL; 1 FF; 1 FR
The last time Rice played USC at the Coliseum was 1948. The Trojans won, 7-0, with an incredible goal-line stand that saw Rice run five plays near the goal-line and stopped at the 1-yard line.
Don Doll’s 28-yard TD run was the only score of the game.