HOUSTON (AP) Mario Hull had 150 yards receiving and a touchdown catch, Darik Dillard ran for two touchdowns and Rice solidified its 2014 bowl status on Friday night, beating UTEP 31-13.
Dillard scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the third to give Rice (7-4, 5-2 Conference USA) a 24-13 lead. Hull caught Driphus Jackson’s 5-yard TD pass with 5:41 left to cap the scoring.
Jackson finished 10 of 22 for 227 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 53 yards on 11 carries.
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Ian Hamilton led UTEP (6-5, 4-3) with four catches for 130 yards. Jameill Showers’ 5-yard touchdown run for the Miners cut the deficit to 17-13 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Owls went 82 yards on four plays on their opening drive of the second half, taking a 17-3 lead on Jackson’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor.