Driphus Jackson had his best diversion of a year by flitting for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Rice finished a conspicuous turnaround with a 30-6 feat over Fresno State on Wednesday night in a Hawaii Bowl.
The Owls (8-5) started a deteriorate during 0-3 and finished it with their second play win in a final 3 years.
Jackson was accurate with his arm, generally on dual low sideline routes, and dangerous with his feet. He rushed for 41 yards and some pivotal scrambles out of trouble. The Owls got copiousness of assistance from their defense.
Fresno State (6-8), a usually group with a losing record to play a play diversion this year, pennyless a Hawaii Bowl record for fewest points. Fresno State scored 10 points dual years ago in a unilateral detriment to SMU. It was a fewest points Fresno State scored all year.
The Bulldogs mislaid to Rice for a initial time ? they had a 6-0 corner from their aged WAC days ? and forsaken their sixth uninterrupted play game.
This one wasn’t close.
Rice piled adult 463 yards and reason Fresno State to 93 yards passing, good subsequent a Bulldogs’ deteriorate normal of 238 yards. Brian Burrell was 10 of 20 for 44 yards and didn’t finish a pass longer than 8 yards.
The Owls had 96 yards on their opening possession and had to settle for a margin idea after dual penalties on one play ? holding on Caleb Williams, and afterwards Mario Hull was called for unsportsmanlike control for jamming an open palm in a face of cornerback Charles Washington during some rabble talk. That done it first-and-goal from a 34, and a Owls got all a approach down to a 4 before they had to settle for a margin goal.
Even so, it set a tinge for a Rice offense ? and for a game.
Jackson was ideal on a fly track down a left side to Dennis Parks for 53 yards that led to his 14-yard scoring pass to Jordan Taylor. And after Burrell threw a low interception, Jackson struck on a subsequent play. He somewhat underthrew a low pass that Hull came behind for, and afterwards Hull incited and ran a final 25 yards for a 69-yard touchdown and a 16-3 right before a opening entertain ended.
The Bulldogs done adequate defensive adjustments to reason Rice to one initial down and 4 yards in a second entertain to during slightest stay in range. Their offense, however, offering small in return.
Fresno State was helped by a defensive holding call on fourth-and-7 to strech a 26, though it could usually conduct another margin idea by Koedy Kroenig from 40 yards. Late in a initial half and trailing 16-6, Fresno State again went for it on fourth-and-1 from a 18. Burrell threw a discerning sideline pass to Greg Watson, usually for Bryce Callahan to mangle by a retard and dump him for a 3-yard detriment that kept Rice adult by 10 during intermission.
Callahan after picked off Burrell’s low throw, and that was a finish of Burrell’s night. He was transposed by Zack Greenlee, who was equally ineffective.
One expostulate effectively hermetic a diversion for a Owls. Jackson worked a sidelines beautifully to finish 4 true passes and pierce them down a margin on their second expostulate of a third quarter. On third-and-2, he found Parks down a sideline. Parks stiff-armed linebacker Donavon Lewis and raced into a finish section for a 40-yard touchdown pass and a 23-6 lead.
It was Parks’ initial touchdown accepting of a year, and he went over 100 yards receiving for a initial time this season.
Rice padded a lead mid early in a fourth entertain when Jackson strike Darik Dillard on a shade in a left flat, and Dillard sped down to a 1, narrowly blank his widen to a pylon. Dillard ran it in on a subsequent play.
The Bulldogs got 76 yards on 15 carries from Marteze Waller, though that enclosed runs of 41 and 16 yards.