Clement And Dillard Are At It Again

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: September 30, 2008

Rice Owls HOUSTON — Rice Owls quarterback Chase Clement and receiver Jarrett Dillard knew at the beginning of the season that several records were within reach this season.

They never worried about them, they just wanted to have a winning season.

The Owls, behind the duo of Clement and Dillard captured their third win of the season in a large fashion breaking several records along the way as they set a Conference USA record scoring 77 points in a 77-20 victory over North Texas State University at Rice Stadium.

With their record-setting passing combination performance, the duo have been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Players of the Week for games ending September 27th.

Noted as the most productive passing duo in NCAA history, Clement and Dillard have now connected for 41 career touchdown passes, two more than the previous record of 39 set by Tim Rattay and Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech and tied last year by Colt Brennan and Davone Bess of Hawaii.

Clement was 22-of-28, for 298 yards passing and five touchdowns. He connected with Dillard on eight passes for 114 yards and four touchdowns (3, 30, 18, and 4 yards) in the victory.

Clement and Dillard, a member of the Walter Camp 2008 Player of the Year Preseason Watch List, also set the NCAA record for career scoring passes (41) involving the same duo.

Dillard, who had four touchdown catches in the first half tied the NCAA career record for touchdown receptions. His four touchdown catches are a school record and have also tied the C-USA single game record.

He also had his third consecutive game with over 100 yards receiving.

“Think about the record those two have,” Owls head coach David Baliff said. “That’s one of the greatest records for two young guys in college football.”

The Owls, 3-2, scored on their opening six possessions, taking a 56-20 lead at halftime. However in the third quarter, three consecutive interceptions by Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, Christopher Douglas, and Jacory Shepherd led to scores.

Nadon also scored on a 13-yard interception return and Douglas went 40 yards for another score.