The Rice Owls trail the Air Force Falcons, 14-7, at halftime of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Owls got on the board first with a Taylor McHargue 16-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor with less than five minutes remaining in the first quarter. But the Falcons have answered with 14 straight points to take the lead heading into the half.
The Falcons scored less than four minutes apart toward the end of the second quarter on a Kale Pearson 9-yard touchdown run and a Wes Cobb 1-yard touchdown run. Rice had a chance to tie the game late in the second quarter, but Driphus Jackson fumbled at the 5-yard line to end the drive.
The Falcons are dominating statistically, primarily behind their running game, which has already put up 141 yards on 34 carries as nine different players have contributed to the total. This isn't a game for anyone interested in watching passing as McHargue (31 yards on 6-for-8 passing) and Pearson (15 yards on 1-for-1 passing) don't really contribute to their teams in that regard.
Rice has not helped itself with three lost fumbles and the Falcons have one lost fumble as well.
Both teams come in at 6-6 on the season and are looking to prevent losing seasons with a win.