This Saturday, Kansas head coach Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks will aim for a 2-0 mark when they face Rice in Lawrence. Here are a couple of keys for Kansas to get the win.
1. Neutralize Cameron Nwosu: Rice linebacker and special teams player Cameron Nwosu blocked three of UCLA’s extra points in the Bruins 49-24 win last Thursday. Nwosu, is the Owls top defensive player, and he will be coming for Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist in the game. Nwosu, won the Special Teams player of the week for Conference USA.
2.Slow Taylor McHarque: McHarque showed great explosiveness last week. The quarterback rushed for 85 yards and passed for 172 yards. He has the talent to top the 100-yard mark on the ground and 200-yards through the air. It will be up to the Jayhawks defense to slow down this versatile threat.
3. Keep Rice from Field Goal Territory: Rice placekicker Chris Boswell has a NFL ready leg. The Lou Groza award candidate drilled a 53-yard field goal midway through the second quarter, to cut UCLA’s lead down to nine. This was Boswell’s sixth field goal of 50-yards or more during his career.
4. More consistent play from Crist: The transfer from Notre Dame struggled in the Jayhawks season opener at times. Kansas’s rushing attack bailed him out, but in order for the Jayhawks to improve upon their past season’s records, then the time is now for Crist to improve.