Nov. 18, 2013
Charles Ross and Chris Boswell, who combined for 40 of Rice's 52 points in the Owls 52-14 Homecoming win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night, have been honored by Conference USA as the conference's Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week in voting by media who cover the conference.
This is the first time Ross has won the C-USA Player of the Week honor, while it is Boswell's third this season and the sixth of his career. He is the only kicker in the conference to earn multiple honors this year.
Ross tied the Conference USA and set a school record with five rushing touchdowns while running for a career-best and conference season-high 215 yards in Rice's 52-14 win over Louisiana Tech. He became the ninth player in C-USA history to score five times on the ground. The last was Zach Line of SMU vs. Northwestern State in 2011, while the last to do it in a conference game was Austin Davis of Southern Miss vs. UAB in 2008.
Ross' five scores vaulted him into the C-USA and Rice scoring leads. He is averaging 9.0 points per game (72 total), while averaging a conference-leading 126.0 yards per game. Ross topped 100 yards for the 10th time in his career and the sixth time in eight starts this season. Ross matched his career best with 27 carries on the night and his yardage vs. the Bulldogs pushed him over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career (1,013), making him the seventh Owl to top 1,000 yards rushing and the first since Quinton Smith in 2006.
Boswell scored 10 points to move into third place on the C-USA career kick scoring list, including his 63rd career field goal to move into fifth on the conference career list, as the Owls defeated Louisiana Tech, 52-14. Boswell moved past Tulane's Seth Marler into fourth with 341 points, which is 19 points shy of tying former All-American wide receiver Jarett Dillard's Rice career scoring record of 360 points (all via touchdowns) with his output vs. the Bulldogs.
His 63rd career three-pointer was his 12th consecutive make from under 50 yards this year and moved him past Jonathan Ruffin of Cincinnati into fourth on the career field goal chart. Boswell is eight field goals shy of the C-USA career record of 70, held by Stephen Gostowkski of Memphis from 2002-05.