HOUSTON (AP) - Taylor McHargue threw two touchdown passes and Chris Boswell kicked five field goals, three from longer than 50 yards, as Rice beat SMU 36-14 on Saturday.
McHargue, who finished with 297 yards passing, ran for another TD for the Owls (5-6, 3-4 Conference USA), who can qualify for a bowl bid by winning at UTEP next week. McHargue connected with Vance McDonald for a 19-yard TD and Donte Moore for a 7-yard score.
Boswell, a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the top college kicker, made field goals from 56, 51, 43, 53 and 28 yards. He missed from 44. The junior has five field goals of 50-plus yards this season and 10 in his career.
Zach Line ran for both touchdowns for the Mustangs (5-6, 4-3), finishing with 94 yards rushing. Darius Johnson caught six passes for 153 yards for SMU, which can qualify for a bowl by beating Tulsa next week.
|RICE||Chris Boswell 56 yd FG|
|SMU||Zach Line 7 yd run (Chase Hover kick)|
|RICE||Chris Boswell 51 yd FG|
|RICE||Vance McDonald 19 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)|
|RICE||Donte Moore 7 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)|
|RICE||Chris Boswell 43 yd FG|
|SMU||Zach Line 10 yd run (Chase Hover kick)|
|RICE||Chris Boswell 53 yd FG|
|RICE||Chris Boswell 28 yd FG|
|RICE||Taylor McHargue 13 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||3-10||8-17|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||1-1|
|Kick Return Yds||65||11|
|Punt Return Yds||0||1|
|Time of Poss.||24:32||35:28|
|SMU: Zach Line 19-94, Garrett Gilbert 9-9|
|RICE: Jeremy Eddington 10-67, Taylor McHargue 16-38, Turner Petersen 9-14, Jordan Taylor 1-5, Charles Ross 2-2, Luke Turner 2-0|
|SMU: Garrett Gilbert 15-27-214-0|
|RICE: Taylor McHargue 24-36-297-0, Jordan Taylor 0-1-0-0|
|SMU: Darius Johnson 6-153, Austin Fuller 4-19, Jeremy Johnson 2-28, Zach Line 2-13, Der'rikk Thompson 1-1|
|RICE: Vance McDonald 7-85, Sam McGuffie 6-53, Jordan Taylor 4-66, Donte Moore 4-24, Turner Petersen 1-35, Taylor Cook 1-20, Luke Willson 1-14|
|Southern Methodist||5th American Athletic||4-4||5-7|
|Rice||1st Conference USA West||7-1||10-3|