Rice placekicker Chris Boswell drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired lifting the Owls to a 25-24 win over Kansas. The loss dropped Kansas to 1-1, while Rice improved to 1-1.
Boswell in all kicked four field goals to go with the game winner. He had kicks of 47, 29, and 29 yards. Boswell kicked off the scoring for both teams with a 47-yard field goal with 11:42 left in the first quarter. Kansas kicker Ron Doherty answered with a 29-yard field goal to knot the game up at 3. Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist then finished the quarter with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Mundine. The teams traded scoring for the second quarter, with Kansas heading into the locker room ahead 17-13 on the scoreboard.
Kansas running back Taylor Cox scored early in the third quarter on a eight-yard run, pushing the Jayhawks lead to 24-13. A Boswell field goal cut the margin down to eight points as the quarter ended. Then Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue took over. He led the Owls on a 93-yard drive, capped off by a Charles Ross two-yard touchdown run.
Crist then was intercepted for the second time of the game, leading Rice to the game-winning field goal from Boswell as time expired.
Rice had 403 total yards for the game, while Kansas finished with 339. Crist had one touchdown pass and two interceptions. McHargue passed for 236 yards, and one interception in the win. Tony Pierson and Cox combined for 199 rushing yards in the loss.
Kansas faces TCU next week, while Rice travels to play Louisiana Tech.