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Rice rolls over UTEP 45-7


HOUSTON (AP) Taylor McHargue hooked up with Jordan Taylor on a 72-yard TD pass to help keep Rice undefeated in the Conference USA with a 45-7 victory against UTEP Saturday.

McHargue finished with four TD passes, three of which were caught by Taylor. The 72-yard reception occurred late in the third quarter to give the Owls (6-2, 4-0) a 31-7 lead. Taylor gained 185 yards off of just four receptions. Charles Ross broke past 100 yards on the ground for Rice, gaining 152 on 21 carries.

In a bright spot for UTEP (1-6, 0-4), Aaron Jones answered Ross's yardage with a game-high 186 yards rushing. His longest was an 81-yard run midway through the second quarter, but his fumble two plays later was recovered by the Owls.

Blaire Sullivan threw a 50-yard TD pass in the second quarter to give the Miners their only score.

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Scoring Summary
RICEChris Boswell 28 yd FG
RICEJordan Taylor 60 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
UTEPIan Hamilton 50 yd pass from Blaire Sullivan (Jay Mattox kick)
RICEDennis Parks 17 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
RICECharles Ross 1 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEJordan Taylor 72 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEJordan Taylor 23 yd pass from Taylor McHargue (Chris Boswell kick)
RICEJawon Davis 10 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1721
Third Down Efficiency5-147-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-0
Plays-Net Yards67-36467-524
Passing Yds116259
Kick Return Yds3345
Punt Return Yds826
Time of Poss.32:3027:30
Individual Stats
UTEP: Aaron Jones 29-186, Nathan Jeffery 14-46, Blaire Sullivan 6-21, Josh Bell 1-3, Jameill Showers 3-1, Team 1--2, Autrey Golden 1--7
RICE: Charles Ross 21-152, Driphus Jackson 2-46, Taylor McHargue 10-26, Darik Dillard 3-21, Jawon Davis 4-16, Turner Petersen 3-13, Darrion Pollard 1-4, Jayson Carter 1-1, Luke Turner 2--14
UTEP: Blaire Sullivan 6-9-112-1, Jameill Showers 1-3-4-0
RICE: Taylor McHargue 8-19-259-0, Luke Turner 0-1-0-0
UTEP: Ian Hamilton 4-108, Jordan Leslie 2-4, Eric Tomlinson 1-4
RICE: Jordan Taylor 4-185, Turner Petersen 2-17, Donte Moore 1-40, Dennis Parks 1-17
Texas-El Paso5th Conference USA West2-64-8
Rice5th Conference USA West2-63-9

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