Rice junior placekicker Chris Boswell has been named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week after tying a pair of school records with his game-winning field goal against Kansas last Saturday.
Earlier Boswell was honored by the Lou Groza Award as one of its three "Stars of the Week" and by the College Football Performance Awards as its Placekicker Performer of the Week.
Boswell's 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the Owls a 25-24 win over the Jayhawks, a win that also was the first in school history by Rice over a team from the Big XII Conference in football. It was his 33rd career field goal, matching the school record set by James Hamrick from 1983-85. It was also his fourth field goal of the game, tying his own single-game mark that he shares with two others. Boswell is the first Rice kicker to kick four field goals in multiple games.
The 2011 Groza Award semifinalist has converted on 5-6 field goals this season and set a school record by converting his sixth career field goal of more than 50 yards in the opener vs. UCLA. Boswell's six field goals from 50 yards are longer rank second in the country behind Florida senior Caleb Sturgis.
This is the second time Boswell has been honored by the conference. He also was earned the special teams honor in 2011 for his efforts in a win over Tulane. It's the second consecutive special teams accolade for the Owls. Linebacker Cameron Nwosu was named last week after breaking the NCAA record by blocking three extra points in the Owls opener vs. UCLA.
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