The win was the sixth in a row for Rice (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA), placing the Owls just behind Louisiana Tech, which is 6-0 in the C-USA West standings.
Jackson completed 18 of 28 passes for 213 yards and rushed for another 48, scoring from the 9 to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive after the opening kickoff. Jowan Davis rushed for 121 yards. James Farrimond added a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter for a 10-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter Jackson threw a fade into the end zone for Mario Hull.