CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rice coach David Bailiff has confirmed this week that running back Turner Petersen has been lost for the season a knee injury.
Petersen was hurt in the second quarter of Rice's regular-season finale, a 17-13 win Saturday over Tulane. He rushed for 76 yards last year against Marshall, including a 30-yard scoring run early in the 54-51 Thundering Herd victory.
With the emergence of 1,100-yard rusher Charles Ross, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior became more of a receiver out of the backfield, gaining 348 yards on 26 catches with four touchdowns. His leadership may have been his best quality.
"He was a team leader for us, and we will [miss him]," Bailiff said. "Luke Turner, No. 35, will assume all the roles [Petersen] was playing for us."
Like many successful teams, the Owls have had good injury luck.
"We have lost a defensive tackle midway through the year, Stuart Mouchantaf, who I believe probably was one of the better defensive tackles in the league," Bailiff said. "In the second game, we lost our starting free safety, Corey Frazier. We've been pretty healthy, a lot healthier than in the past.
"Back in '08, when we won 10 games, we didn't have anybody injured on offense all year. I've never had that type of luck since, but we're staying relatively healthy."
At Marshall, the top injury concern is cornerback Darryl Roberts.
"We'll see," said MU coach Doc Holliday. "He probably has a good chance."