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Taylor McHargue throws 4 touchdown passes, leads Rice to a 45-7 win against UTEP

  • Rice's Jordan Taylor (15) races ahead of UTEP 's Wesley Miller (13) to score during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Houston. Rice won 45-7. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Associated Press

  • Rice's Bryce Callahan (29) intercepts a pass meant for UTEP 's Ian Hamilton (14) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Houston. Rice won 45-7. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Associated Press

  • Rice wide receiver Jordan Taylor (15) breaks away from UTEP's Wesley Miller (13) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Houston. (APPhoto/Pat Sullivan)The Associated Press

  • UTEP quarterback Jameill Showers (1) is grabbed by Rice defender Christian Covington for an incomplete pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)The Associated Press

Taylor McHargue hooked up with Jordan Taylor on a 72-yard TD pass to help keep Rice undefeated in the Conference USA with a 45-7 victory against UTEP Saturday.

McHargue finished with four TD passes, three of which were caught by Taylor. The 72-yard reception occurred late in the third quarter to give the Owls (6-2, 4-0) a 31-7 lead. Taylor gained 185 yards off of just four receptions. Charles Ross broke past 100 yards on the ground for Rice, gaining 152 on 21 carries.

In a bright spot for UTEP (1-6, 0-4), Aaron Jones answered Ross's yardage with a game-high 186 yards rushing. His longest was an 81-yard run midway through the second quarter, but his fumble two plays later was recovered by the Owls.

Blaire Sullivan threw a 50-yard TD pass in the second quarter to give the Miners their only score.