Southern Methodist needed a win over host Rice Saturday to become bowl eligible. A victory also would have clinched the Mayor's Cup in the 90th edition of the game -- one that doesn't look to be played in the foreseeable future.
Rice, and its kicker Chris Boswell, had other plans.
Boswell was 5-for-6 on field goals, including hitting from 56, 53, 51, 43 and 28 yards, as the Owls knocked off SMU 36-14 Saturday.
Junior quarterback Taylor McHargue accentuated the win with a 13-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. He was 24 for 36 for 297 yards and two touchdowns, bringing Rice just inside Boswell's range, and allowing their defense to squeeze the Mustangs out of the game. SMU scored one touchdown in each half in the loss.
SMU trailed 20-7 at halftime, and got 94 yards on 19 carries from senior RB Zach Line in the loss.
Box Score Hero: Boswell improved to 5-for-6 from beyond 50 yards this season. His 18 points (5-for-6 on field goals, 3-for-3 on extra points) gives him 96 points on the season.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team was ranked coming into this game, and neither team will be.
But Did They Cover? Rice was a 4-point underdog in this game.
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Next Week's Schedule:
Rice: 11/24 at UTEP
SMU 11/24 vs. Tulsa