The victory was a dose of much-needed good news for Texas after coming into the game under a cloud of questions following the suspensions of two players.
Quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks were suspended on Friday and sent home hours after police said they were investigating a report of a sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel.
Coach Mack Brown did not identify the players on Friday, but he referred to a television report that police were investigating two unidentified Texas players in the alleged assault.
Rice 33, Air Force 14 - Freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson threw for 264 yards, including two touchdown passes to Jordan Taylor, in relief of Rice's hurt starter as the Owls beat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jackson's first series after taking over for Taylor McHargue ended with a bad pitch for a fumble near the goal line only two seconds before halftime, when the Owls (7-6) trailed by 14-7.
But Jackson made up for it after halftime, when Rice scored 26 unanswered points. Taylor caught nine passes for 153 yards, with a 16-yard TD from McHargue in the first quarter.
McHargue never returned because of an apparent head injury after a helmet-to-helmet collision with about five minutes left in the first half.
Air Force (6-7), which scored on consecutive drives in the second quarter with backup quarterback Kale Pearson in the game, was held to a season-low 214 total yards.
Arizona State 62, Navy 28 - Taylor Kelly threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score to lead Arizona State to its first bowl win in seven years in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco.
Offensive MVP Marion Grice ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils (8-5), who used their fast-paced, spread offense to score touchdowns on their first nine possessions.
That helped provided a bright end to a successful first season at Arizona State for coach Todd Graham, who helped the Sun Devils win their most games since 2007 and win a bowl for the first time since the 2005 Insight Bowl against Rutgers. The Sun Devils also capped their season by beating rival Arizona and winning a bowl, a feat they had accomplished just once in the last 33 seasons.
The Midshipmen (8-5) have lost five of their last six bowl games.
Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 - D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards, and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a comeback victory over Minnesota on Friday night in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.