HOUSTON -

The University of Houston football team held off a furious rally by Rice to win their third consecutive Bayou Bucket, 31-26.

Freshmen quarterback John O'Korn threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars (3-0).

Deontay Greenberry and Ryan Jackson each caught a touchdown pass in the 2nd half for Houston.

Houston improved to 29-11 all time against Rice (1-2).