BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Driphus Jackson led the game-winning 83-yard drive, and the Rice defense stopped Florida Atlantic in the final minute to clinch a 27-26 comeback win on Saturday.
Rice (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA) fell behind 26-14 when FAU scored with 13:50 left in the fourth quarter. The game was stopped for 1 1/2 hours due to lightning and FAU (1-4, 1-1) failed its 2-point conversion when play resumed.
Jackson pulled Rice within 26-21 on a 21-yard keeper with 7:21 left in the game and completed a 14-yard pass to Darik Dillard for the go-ahead score with 2:07 left. Rice failed on its 2-point conversion attempt.
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Florida Atlantic drove to the Rice 41 on the ensuing drive but failed to advance from there. Alex Lyons and Preston Gordon teamed up to sack Jaquez Johnson on fourth-and-5, sealing the victory.
Jackson finished 22 of 34 for 284 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.