NCAA Game Summary - SMU at Rice|
(Saturday, November 17)
Final Score: Rice 36, SMU 14
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Boswell converted five field goals for
Rice as the Owls picked up a 36-14 win over the SMU Mustangs in Conference USA
play at Rice Stadium.
Boswell missed just one of his six attempts on the day for the Owls (5-6, 3-4
CUSA) as they won their third straight outing. Quarterback Taylor McHargue
also played a pivotal role for the hosts as he converted 24-of-36 passes for
297 yards and two touchdowns in the triumph.
The Mustangs (5-6, 4-3) were paced by Zach Line who ran for 94 yards and two
touchdowns on 19 carries for the group as they bowed for the second time in
three tries. Garrett Gilbert hit on 15-of-27 passes for 214 yards, but he was
sacked four times.
Boswell hit on a pair of field goals in the first quarter from 56 and 51 yards
out, but in between Line made it into the end zone on a seven-yard run for the
Mustangs to give the visitors a slim 7-6 edge after 15 minutes of action.
McHargue threw both of his TD strikes in the second quarter, a 19-yard effort
to Vance McDonald and one to Donte Moore from seven yards away to make the
score 20-7 at the break.
Boswell's 43-yard field goal in the third quarter raised the advantage to 17
points, but again it was Line who cut into the lead with a 10-yard scoring run
this time at the 3:32 mark of the third.
The fourth quarter belonged to Rice as Boswell still had successful field
goals of 53 and 28 yards still left in him and McHargue closed out the meeting
with a 13-yard TD run of his own.
Rice finished the meeting with 423 yards of total offense as the team
controlled the ball for close to 20 minutes in the second half to prevent a
11/17 20:51:25 ET