Sep 14, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Rice Owls running back Charles Ross (12) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Kansas Jayhawks at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Rice Tops Jayhawks 23-14


On Saturday night in Houston, Texas, the Rice Owls rallied in the fourth quarter to a 23-14 win over Kansas.

With the loss, Kansas is now 1-1 on the year. Rice is also at 1-1.

The Jayhawks defense were stellar for three quarters only to give up 10 points in the fourth to the Owls. A 56-yard field goal by Chris Boswell got the scoring started in the quarter. Rice then added an eight yard touchdown from Charles Ross to push the lead to 23-14. Kansas failed to move the ball after getting another shot in the waning moments of the contest.

The Owls were on the scoreboard first with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown from Michael Kutzler in the first quarter. Tony Pierson early in the second quarter knotted the score up at seven with a 77-yard reception for a touchdown. Boswell added two field goals before halftime, giving Rice a 13-7 advantage.

Kansas took the lead back with a one-yard scamper from quarterback Jake Heaps in the third quarter.

For the game, Heaps completed 13-28 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Running back James Sims rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries. Sims moved into fifth-place on the Jayhawks all-time rushing list, passing Gale Sayers and John Riggins. Linebacker Ben Heeney made 15 tackles, 2.5 of which were for loss and one sack in the loss.

Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue went 14-31 on the game with two interceptions. Ross rushed for 157 yards on 27 carries.

Next week for the Jayhawks is a game vs Louisiana Tech in Lawrence at 11:00 a.m. central time. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

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