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Former Arlington Martin star, freshman running back has record day for the Rice Owls

Arlington Martin Warriors quarterback back Juma Otoviano (8) breaks free for a long run against the Southlake Carroll Dragons during the first half of a high school football game at UTA Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Arlington Martin Warriors quarterback back Juma Otoviano (8) breaks free for a long run against the Southlake Carroll Dragons during the first half of a high school football game at UTA Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Special to the Star-Telegram

Former Arlington Martin quarterback Juma Otoviano had himself an afternoon for Rice on Saturday.

Otoviano rushed 27 times for 2 TDs and a program freshman-record-tying 224 yards as the Owls beat Old Dominion 27-13 to snap an 11-game losing streak on senior day. Otoviano scored Rice’s final two scores, which broke a 13-13 tie.

His 80-yard run came with 42 seconds left in the third quarter and he added a 62-yarder with 7:05 to play.

RICE RECAP

It was Otoviano’s first career start as the Owls also snapped a 14-game conference losing streak. He entered the game having played in the past six contests with 38 rushes, 140 yards and 1 TD.

Otoviano’s performance was also recognized by ESPN. He earned himself a helmet sticker from host Adnan Virk.

Otoviano was a three-year starter for the Warriors. He threw for 1,022 yards and 8 TDs, and ran for 684 and scored 20 times as a senior after rushing for 1,481 on 169 carries and scoring 24 TDs as a junior.

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