The Pirates lost a tough one Saturday in Houston against the Rice Owls. If the Pirates had won, they would have earned the right to play for the Conference USA Title game.
The Pirates led for the entire game, until the very end. With 7 seconds left, Rice kicked a field goal to win by one point, 17 to 18, over the Pirates. With the loss, the Pirates now need help to win the Conference USA East Title. Southern Miss can win the title out right if they win their final two games of the year. They play UAB Saturday night.