Luke Turner ran for the last yard to give Rice its victory at Legion Field. That was set up by Jowan Davis' 17-yard run to the UAB 1-yard line, after the Blazers were held to a field goal on their possession.
The Owls ran for 328 yards, but did most of that without star back Charles Ross, who left early with an apparent injury. He piled up 50 yards on 10 carries, giving him a league-high 1,063.
It was the second game that coach David Bailiff coached without his father, Bob, who died on Nov. 12. Last week, Rice played a strong game in his honor, beating Louisiana Tech 52-14.
Bailiff's mother, Marsh, died in 2012 on the Wednesday before the Owls' home game against Marshall. That's the game the Thundering Herd won 54-51 in double overtime.
Ross is just ahead of the 1,026 rushing yards by Tulsa's Trey Watts for the league lead. Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon is next at 917.
Some other stat leaders:
Scoring, Warren Harvey, ECU, 85.
Punt and kickoff return average, Brelan Chancellor, NT, 20.1 and 28.5.
All-purpose yards, Watts, Tulsa, 170.7.
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