Last-Second Rice FG Sinks Kansas, 25-24
LAWRENCE, Kan.– Rice used nine fourth quarter points, including a final second 45-yard field goal from Chris Boswell, in a 25-24 come-from-behind victory over Kansas at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Jayhawks (1-1) were limited to only six fourth-quarter plays, while Rice (1-1) kept the Kansas defense on the field for 20 plays in the final period. Boswell gave Rice the early 3-0 lead with a 47-yard field goal at the 11:42 mark in the first quarter, the first of four total field goals for the junior in the game.
The two teams combined for five turnovers in the first quarter, but KU got the upper hand in converting the miscues into points. The Jayhawks scored 10 points in a span of 18 seconds when Ron Doherty converted a 29-yard field goal before Dayne Crist completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jimmay Mundinefollowing a Rice fumble on a kickoff return. The back-to-back scores gave Kansas a 10-3 lead.
Rice knotted the score, 10-10, with 7:22 left in the second quarter after compiling a 16-play, 94-yard touchdown drive. Turner Peterson capped the nearly five-and-a-half minute drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge. The Jayhawks countered with their own 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive when Schyler Milespunched into the end zone from one yard out for a 17-10 lead. Rice’s Boswell ended the first half scoring with the way it started. Boswell split the uprights on a 29-yard field goal attempt with 21 seconds left in the second quarter for the 17-13 halftime score.
Kansas opened the second half with another sustained offensive drive. The Jayhawks used nine plays to go 75 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown run by Taylor Coxfor a 24-13 advantage. Doherty tried to add to the KU lead late in the third quarter, but his 53-yard field goal attempt fell short and to the left. Instead, Rice’s Boswell booted a 29-yard field goal with 44 seconds left in the third to close the deficit, 24-16.
KU was unable to increase its lead in the Jayhawks’ first drive of the fourth quarter after Doherty’s 40-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left upright to stall the drive with 10:21 left in the game. Rice took advantage, as Charles Ross scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run to end a 7-play, 93-yard drive. The Owls tried to force a tie, but the two-point conversion attempt failed. Rice tight end Luke Wilson caught the pass from quarterback Taylor McHargue, but he was forced out of the back of the end zone by the Jayhawk defense and was not able to land in play.
Following Crist’s second interception of the game, Rice took over on its own 47-yard line with 3:47 on the clock. The Owls converted a key fourth down with four yards to go to keep the drive alive. After another first down, Rice set the table for Boswell’s late-game heroics.
For the second-straight game, KU’s Tony Pierson rushed for more than 100 yards, as the sophomore gained 120 yards on 19 carries. Crist finished the game completing 16-of-28 passes for 144 yards, while Daymond Pattersonwas his biggest target with seven catches for 55 yards. Rice’s McHargue threw for 236 yards on 23-for-35 passing and found nine different Owl receivers.
Kansas will wrap up its three-game home stand next Saturday when the Jayhawks open Big 12 Conference play against TCU at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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