In Week 1, the Rice Owls were destroyed by the UCLA Bruins. They were only able to rack up 358 total yards and 3 total touchdowns as the Bruins scored 49 points. Can the Jayhawks cause Rice to throw just as many interceptions as South Dakota State threw?
Kansas is a very different team than UCLA, but the Jayhawks defense played well in their first game. This doesn’t mean that the defense isn’t capable of slipping up. Here are three Owls on offense that Kansas will have to contain in order to win.
Taylor McHargue (#16, quarterback)
- Redshirt junior from Cedar Park, Texas
- 6-foot-1, 210 pounds
Last season, McHargue led the Owls with eight touchdown passes and 1,196 yards of total offense in eight games. He set career high for completions (23), attempts (38), passing yards (260) and total offense (304). He started the season for the Owls, but was replaced after throwing two interceptions against Tulsa.
In their first game against the Bruins, McHargue threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball for 95 rushing yards and one touchdown. If the Jayhawks can stop McHargue, then they can stop the Owls.
Sam McGuffie (#2, running back)
- Redshirt senior from Cypress, Texas
- 5-foot-11, 100 pounds
Many might have heard McGuffie’s name before after he was a YouTube sensation in high school. He enrolled at the University of Michigan, but his hyped up college career did not pan out as expected. He suffered an injury while at Michigan and transferred to Rice the following year. Last year, McGuffie rushed for 158 yards and one touchdown.
In the opener against the UCLA Bruins, He recorded 0 rushing yards. However, he did make a good receiver. He racked up 63 receiving yards and one touchdown in the loss.
Jordan Taylor (#15, wide receiver)
- Redshirt sophomore from Denison, Texas
- 6-foot-5, 210 pounds
Last season, Taylor was kept out with an injury for sometime, but he was not out the whole season. He only recorded 72 receiving yards on 10 receptions and 2 touchdowns. All of these stats came in the last four games of the year after completing his injury rehab and making his debut vs. Houston.
In the opener, Taylor recorded 47 receiving yards on 2 receptions and no touchdowns.
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