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Damaris Johnson leads the Hurricane in all-purpose yards.
Damaris Johnson leads the Hurricane in all-purpose yards.
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Oct. 2, 2009

Houston, Texas - The Tulsa football team plays it fifth game of the season and fourth contest on the road as the Hurricane gets back into Conference USA action on Saturday night against the Rice Owls. Kick-off from Rice Stadium is scheduled for 6:34 pm.

The game can be seen on CBS College Sports Network and heard in Tulsa on KRMG AM 740 and FM 102.3.

Tulsa looks to improve on its 3-1 overall mark and 1-0 league record, while Rice is looking for its first victory after dropping decisions against UAB, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt over the last four weeks. The Hurricane also looks to even the series standing at 7-7-1. Rice currently has a one-game lead in the series, but the Hurricane has won five of the last six meetings.

It's been a high-scoring affair recently, as the two teams have averaged 91 points and 1,161 yards in the last two games. Last year, Tulsa and Rice combined for 91 points and 1,030 yards, while Tulsa put up 63 of those points. Two years ago at Rice Stadium, Tulsa won a tight game 48-43, but Rice out-gained the Hurricane 700-592 yards.

"Rice has played a difficult schedule with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt," said Tulsa Head Coach Todd Graham. "They're a very good football team and play extremely hard. Coach (David) Bailiff does a great job coaching this Rice team. They've gotten better every single week and we're expecting a big-time battle tomorrow. Our goal, first and foremost, is to be Conference USA champions, and we have to go on the road and figure out how to win on Saturday."

Last week, Tulsa posted a 56-3 victory over Sam Houston State in its first home game, while Rice also played its first home game of the season but losing to the SEC's Vanderbilt by a score of 36-17.