FINAL RESULT: Armed Forces Bowl
Rice 33 BEAT Air Force 14
FORT WORTH (Sporting Alert) Freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson delivered when called on to take over for the injured Taylor McHargue in helping to Rice to a 33-14 victory over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Jackson threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns.
McHargue was forced to lead the game with a head injury after he took a massive hit late in the second quarter. He had 6-of-8 completed passes and threw for a touchdown before going out of the game.
Jackson successfully stepped in to complete 15-of-21 passes, as the Owls scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for the win.
The victory saw Rice winning six of its last seven games on its way to landing its second bowl trophy in 57 years.
Receiver Jordan Taylor also had a big time performance for the Falcons after he caught three touchdown passes to finished with nine receptions for 153 yards for the Owls.
“We were really proud of the way Driphus Jackson stepped up,” Rice sixth-year coach David Bailiff told ESPN.
Bailiff, who has guided Rice to both of its bowl appearances, was also delighted with Taylor’s outing.
“He didn’t have a bad game either did he? That was a lot of fun watching these young me compete,” he added.
Running back Wes Cobb and Kale Pearson both rushed for touchdowns for the Air Force Falcons, which finished with a losing record for the first time since 2006.