Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Chris Boswell connected on a 45-yard field
goal as time expired to lift the Rice Owls to a 25-24 victory over the Kansas
Jayhawks in a thriller at Memorial Stadium.
Taylor McHargue led Rice (1-1) by completing 23-of-35 attempts for 236 yards
with one interception. Jordan Taylor had a career-high 101 receiving yards on
nine catches while Sam McGuffie was held to only 29 total yards of offense.
Charles Ross contributed 94 rushing yards on 14 carries. Boswell moved into
second place all-time in school's record book for most career made field goals.
As for Kansas (1-1), Dayne Crist completed 16-of-28 passes for 144 yards and
one touchdown. Crist also threw two interceptions. Tony Pierson had a career-
high 120 yards on the ground on 19 carries.
Crist struggled from the start as his first pass of the game was intercepted by
Rice's Bryce Callahan. On the ensuing possession, Boswell netted a kick from 47
yards out to give Rice a 3-0 lead to start
Kansas ran into more trouble as returner D.J. Beshears fumbled on the following
kickoff, but the Jayhawks' defense forced McHargue into a red zone interception
to avoid further damage.
Crist got into a great rhythm on the next drive before Kansas's 12-play, 79-
yard drive ended with a made 29-yard field goal by Ron Doherty which tied up
the score, 3-3.
The Jayhawks took advantage of a fumble by Rice's kick returner Donte Moore
as Crist connected with Jimmay Mundine for a 23-yard touchdown that put the
Kansas up 10-3.
Turner Peterson punched it in for a one yard touchdown to tie the
game up at 10-10 after a 16-play, 94-yard drive that featured numerous
defensive penalties by Kansas.
Kansas answered and used a strong rushing attack to march down the field before
Schyler Miles punched it in from a yard to put his team up, 17-10.
The Jayhawks' defense recovered after allowing Rice deep into its territory by
holding the Owls to a 29-yard field goal by Boswell which sent the game into
halftime with Kansas leading, 17-10.
Taylor Cox finished off an impressive second half starting drive by Kansas with
an eight-yard touchdown run that put it up, 24-13.
A 29-yard field goal by Boswell narrowed the deficit by three points just
before the third quarter ended.
Rice began its fourth quarter rally with a six-play, 91-yard drive which
featured a 29-yard completion from McHargue to Taylor. The Owls trailed by
just two points, 24-22, after Ross finished off the drive with a two-yard
run up the middle for a score. Rice's two point conversion failed, but
Callahan gave the Owls a chance by recording his second interception of the
contest with 3:47 left to play.
Boswell's game-winning field goal as time expired closed out Rice's 12-0
Rice outgained Kansas, 403-339, in total yards of offense in the contest.