In most spectacular fashion, Rice cut a two-touchdown deficit against Texas A&M in half just before admission. Quarterback Taylor McHargue’s pass is nearly intercepted, but wide receiver Jordan Taylor sticks with the play to snag the bobbled ball for six.
Taylor’s juggled touchdown reception sends the Owls into intermission, trailing Texas A&M 28-21. Rice built a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, but gave up 21 straight to the Johnny Manziel-less Aggies prior to Taylor’s touchdown.
Defense has been neither team’s strong suit through 30 minutes, which does not bode well for the Owls’ upset bid when Manziel takes the field. Back-up quarterback Matt Joeckel went 14-for-19 for 190 yards with a touchdown, and the backfield combination of Ben Malena and Tra Carson reached the end zone three times.
The Aggie defense has not fared better though, allowing the Owls an astounding 8.5 yards per rush attempt. Obviously a revamped Aggie front seven still has a lot of work to do.