(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Freshman backup quarterback Driphus Jackson threw for 264 yards and two scores to lead Rice to a 33-14 win over Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
Jackson came in for injured starter Taylor McHargue, who left the game late in the first half with an apparent head injury and Rice trailing 14-7.
McHargue was injured when he put his head down at the end of a five-yard run and ran into Air Force defensive back Steffon Batts. He had to be helped off the field.
The second half belonged to Rice (7-6) who scored 26 straight points to secure the victory. Jackson connected with receiver Jordan Taylor for two second-half touchdowns. Taylor finished with nine overall receptions for 153 yards and three scores.
Air Force (6-7) was held to a season-low 214 yards.
Both teams turned the ball over three times each.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN