Taylor McHargue recalls starting the opener as a freshman
Coach Bailiff held his weekly press conference prior to the Army West Point game.
Bauer, Gaines, Kutzler, McHargue and Petersen named captains
Gaines named for second consecutive year
Rice claims first-ever Conference USA title
Rice and UTEP meet for the 20th time on Saturday.
A second gallery of photos from the 2013 C-USA Football Championship
Rice defeated Marshall 41-24 to win the C-USA Championship on December 7.
More photos from the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Rice clinched the C-USA West title with a 17-13 win over Tulane on November 30, 2013
Has led Rice to a second consecutive bowl berth.
First quarterback in school history to lead team to consecutive bowl berths... Responsible for 14 touchdowns in last six games (11 passing, three rushing)... Has thrown a career-high 17 touchdown passes this year, which ranks sixth in school history. .. Has 43 in his career, which ranks second only to Chase Clement (99)... Also set a career-high with 2,261 yards passing which ranks 4th best in Rice history... Joins Clement as only Owls to have two seasons with over 2,000 yards passing... Threw for a career-high four touchdowns vs. UTEP and gained 259 yards on only eight completions... 72-yard scoring strike to Jordan Taylor was a career long... Became third Owl to top 7,000 career yards in total offense with his 225 yards at UAB... Tossed a 25-yard TD pass in overtime to Darik Dillard to give the Owls their first win over Tulsa since 2006... Averaged 44.8 yards on four punts this season... First QB at Rice to start four consecutive openers since freshmen were granted varsity eligibility in 1972... First carry of the year was a career-best 57 yarder vs. Aggies.
Moved into the Rice season top five in passing (2,209 yards) and total offense (2,876) during a standout junior season... Established career highs across the board and also moved into the career top ten in passing yards (eighth, 3,772), attempts (ninth, 557), completions (fifth, 327), touchdowns (sixth, 26), total offense (seventh, 4,714) and total touchdowns (fifth, 38)... Rushed for 667 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground... 11 rushing touchdowns tied for third on the Rice season list and were one shy of Chase Clement's school record for quarterbacks, set in 2008... ... Ranked fifth in C-USA in total offense, sixth in scoring by touchdown, seventh in passer efficiency and ninth in passing yards per game Threw just five interceptions in 325 attempts and none in his last 81... Earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors in a losing effort vs. Marshall when he rushed for a career-high 153 (second-best total this year for an Owl) and one touchdown and threw for a career-high 314 and three TDs... Efforts combined for 467 yards of total offense, fourth best total in school history... Rallied the Owls from 10 points down in the final four minutes to put them in position to win the game with a 47 yard run to the Marshall 1 yard-line with less than a minute to go, but was injured on the play and did not return to the game... Missed the Houston game the following week and then returned to action at Memphis.
Led the Owls with eight touchdown passes and 1,196 yards of total offense in eight games... Completed his season long pass (51 yards to Turner Petersen) and recorded his season-best rush (27 yards) vs. Memphis... Set career-highs for completions (23), attempts (38), passing yards (260) and total offense (304), while matching his best with three TD passes at Baylor... Saw his streak of 133 consecutive attempts without an interception end with a third quarter pick by Ahmad Dixon.
Won the starting job after a strong spring and solid fall camp, the endured injuries during the middle of the season before bouncing back with a pair of solid performances in the final two games. Made an impressive return to action against ECU, establishing career-bests by hitting on 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 93 yards and one touchdown... Connected with Sam McGuffie on a 64-yard scoring pass, the longest scoring toss for the Owls this year... Became the first freshman at Rice to make his college debut as the starting quarterback since Jeremy Hurd against Houston in 2000 when he led the Owls onto the field against Texas... Led the Owls on a 16-play drive in his first series, ending in a field goal to give the Owls a 3-0 lead... Threw a 47-yard TD pass to Randy Kitchens for his first career scoring toss... Connected with Sam McGuffie on a 51-yard TD pass on the game's first play at North Texas... Missed two full games due to an injury sustained against North Texas... Returned to action early against SMU after missing a pair of games, but was injured again and did not return.
Redshirted in the fall... Completed 8-11 for 126 yards and three touchdowns in the Blue-Gray Spring Game.
Cedar Park Vista Ridge High School
2009 graduate of Cedar Park Vista Ridge High School... Second-team All-District 16-5A selection as a senior for Coach Bill Wilder ... Team captain as a senior ... Ran for 1,606 yards and 16 touchdowns and threw for 2,040 yards and 17 scores ... Ran a leg on Vista Ridge's 4x200 relay that won the district title ... Academic all-district selection.
Full name: Joseph Taylor McHargue... Born: March 22, 1991 at Austin, Texas... Parents: Mark and Sheila McHargue, Cedar Park... (one brother)... cousin Cory Bosley pitched for Oral Roberts... Rice major: Sport Management.