Rice defeats Air Force, 33-14, to win the Armed Forces Bowl

Rice defeats Air Force, 33-14, to win the Armed Forces Bowl

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FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 29: Taylor McHargue #16 of the Rice Owls breaks free against the Air Force Falcons during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

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by Stephen Hawkins / The Associated Press

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Posted on December 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson threw for 264 yards in relief of Rice’s hurt starter, including two touchdown passes to Jordan Taylor, and the Owls beat Air Force 33-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday.

Jackson’s first series after taking over for Taylor McHargue ended with a bad pitch for a fumble near the goal line only 2 seconds before halftime, when the Owls (7-6) trailed 14-7.

But Jackson made up for it after halftime, when Rice scored 26 straight points. Taylor caught nine passes for 153 yards, with a 16-yard TD from McHargue in the first quarter.

McHargue never returned because of an apparent head injury after a helmet-to-helmet collision with about 5 minutes left in the first half.

Air Force (6-7), which scored on consecutive drives in the second quarter with backup quarterback Kale Pearson in the game, was held to a season-low 214 total yards.

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