Sep 7, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Brandon Bourbon (25) celebrates a touchdown against the South Dakota Coyotes in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won the game 31-14. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Kansas Looks For their First Road Win Since 2009


VITALS

Time: 6:30 p.m.

TV: CBS Sports

Radio: 980 AM, 98.1 FM

History: Tied at 1-1

Weather: 92-degrees, mostly sunny

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1. Drops

Kansas dropped five passes that accounted for half of Jake Heaps incompletions in last week’s win over South Dakota. KU is going to need a better passing game – and, therefore, better hands – if KU is going to earn the road win.

2. Running Game

Rice rushed for 331 yards against Texas A&M in their season-opening loss. Charles Ross rushed for 112 yards while Taylor McHargue rushed for 8.7 yards per attempt. Kansas struggled against the run last week and cannot afford to let that happen again against a much better Rice team.

On the flip side, KU’s running backs should have another big day as Rice allowed 5.2 yards per carry against the Aggies and three touchdowns.

3. History

September 12, 2009.

That’s the last time Kansas went on the road and won, and it is a hurdle the team needs to conquer this season if KU is going to have a successful season. With road games at TCU, Texas, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State on the schedule this year, this may be the Jayhawks best shot at earning a road win.

TAILGATE BEER

Copperhead Pale Ale. Why? Because it sounds like something you’d have to drink before stomping on a Texas football team. Is that a stretch? Maybe.

RICE OWLS

1. John Reagan

Reagan was an assistant to Ed Warinner at Kansas in 2007 when the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl.

2. Taylor McHargue

The dude is dangerous with both his arm and his legs. Last season he had 12 touchdowns in the air and 11 on the ground, so he’s pretty balanced in how he plays. In last season’s 1-point win over Kansas, McHargue was 23-of-35 for 236 yards and an interception, and had 12 carries for 18 yards.

3. History

Rice was born out of the murder of its namesake, William Marsh Rice. Rice was murdered for his fortune by his lawyer and butler. Rice’s estate was used to start the university that is now really good at baseball (and research and stuff).

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!


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