Rice 23, Kansas 14
Sept. 14, 2013
Rice rode the rugged running of Charles Ross and the accurate right leg of Chris Boswell to stage a fourth quarter rally and down Kansas 23-14 in the Owls home opener at Rice Stadium.
Ross rushed for a career-high 157 yards and iced the game with an 8-yard run late in the fourth quarter while Boswell booted three field goals, the last from 56 yards with 8:05 left in the game to put the Owls on top to stay.
Much as they had when they rallied to defeat the Jayhawks 25-24 in Lawrence last year, the Owls had to rely on a four-quarter rally to gain the final advantage. In their two wins over Kansas, Rice has outscored the Jayhawks 19-0 in the final quarter, with Boswell and Ross being responsible for all of those points.
Rice showed evidence of rust after waiting two weeks to play its second game. The Owls started smartly, gaining 37 yards on their first six plays, their initial drive bogged down thanks to a pair of penalties and it was left to the Owls defense to put the first points on the home scoreboard in 2013.
Senior linebacker Michael Kutzler, making his second career start, deflected a Jake Heaps pass to himself and then sprinted 52-yards up the east sideline to give the Owls a 7-0 lead.
It was a strong start for the Rice defenders who had closed the 2012 season by holding three of their last five opponents to less than 20 points. They limited the Jayhawks to 270 yards of total offense, with 106 of them coming on two plays that created all of KU's points.
The first of those big plays allowed Kansas to tie the game as Heaps hit Tony Pierson for a 77-yard touchdown with 9:20 to go in the second quarter.
The Owls responded with an eight-play drive that was sparked by a 54-yard completion from Taylor McHargue to Dennis Parks. The drive stalled at the Kansas 23 and Boswell came in to nail a 40-yarder to put Rice back up 10-7.
The Owls extended the lead on a 28-yard Boswell field goal just before the half ended. The scoring drive began when Bryce Callahan picked off Heaps for his ninth career interception and his third in two games against Kansas. McHargue and Jordan Taylor connected three times for 46 yards to move the ball deep in KU territory.
The teams traded punts for most of the third quarter, but a McHargue interception late in the quarter set the Jayhawks up at the Rice 16 and four plays later Heaps snuck in from the one to put KU back on top 14-13.
Kanas opened the fourth quarter by picking off McHargue at its own six. But the Owls forced a punt which Derek Brown partially blocked to set Rice up at midfield. The Owls only moved to the Kansas 39, but that was plenty of room for Boswell, who crushed a 56-yard field goal to put Rice back in front.
It was his 12th career field goal from 50 yards or more, his third of the game and the seventh in two games vs. Kansas.