Kansas scored 27 unanswered points aided by four rushing touchdowns by three different Jayhawks, turning a 7-6 Rice second quarter lead into a 33-7 loss at the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl.
Playing on their home turf at Rice Stadium, the Owls absorbed an early KU touchdown before Johnny Burrell caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Randy Kerbow to give Rice the lead.
Rice's defense forced Kansas to punt on its next possession, but John Hadl mishandled the wet ball on the center's snap for the punt, recovered and went 41 yards on the broken play. Before the stunned Owls could regroup, Kansas scored on Ken Coleman's second rushing touchdown of the day to take a 12-7 halftime lead.
A pair of scores by Roger McFarland on double reverse plays pushed the Owls into a 25-7 hole after three quarters.
The Jayhawks tacked on their fifth rushing score in the fourth quarter for the final margin of 33-7.
The Owls were 7-4 in 1961 and finished third in the Southwest Conference.
Burrell, tackle Robert Johnston and back Roland Jackson notched All-Southwest Conference accolades.