HOUSTON -- Taylor McHargue threw two touchdown passes and Chris Boswell kicked five field goals, three from longer than 50 yards, as Rice beat SMU 36-14 on Saturday.
McHargue, who finished with 297 yards passing, ran for another TD for the Owls (5-6, 3-4 Conference USA), who can qualify for a bowl bid by winning at UTEP next week. McHargue connected with Vance McDonald for a 19-yard TD and Donte Moore for a 7-yard score.
Boswell, a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the top college kicker, made field goals from 56, 51, 43, 53 and 28 yards. He missed from 44. The junior has five field goals of 50-plus yards this season and 10 in his career.
Zach Line ran for both touchdowns for the Mustangs (5-6, 4-3), finishing with 94 yards rushing. Darius Johnson caught six passes for 153 yards for SMU, which can qualify for a bowl by beating Tulsa next week.
Rice's Chris Boswell is the second FBS kicker this season to make two field goals from 50-plus yards in the same game. The other was Idaho's Trey Farquhar against New Mexico State
Looking ahead with three quarters to play - the last FBS player to kick three 50-yard field goals in a game was Wake Forest's Sam Swank in 2006 against NC State.
Rice's Chris Boswell made a 56-yard field goal in the first quarter against SMU. He's the only FBS kicker with two field goals of 55-plus yards this season.