Rice beats UTEP 31-13, strengthens bowl status
HOUSTON -- 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.
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.