Rice Owls 23, Kansas Jayhawks 14
It Was Over When: Rice running back Charles Ross scooted to the outside for a touchdown with 3:28 remaining in the game to give the Owls a 9 point lead.
The Jayhawks had the lead with just over 11 minutes to go when Rice place kicker Chris Boswell booted a 56-yard field goal. The Jayhawks followed that up with a 3 and out, and a punt. The Owls just marched down the field, going 50 yards in six plays, eating up over three minutes of the clock to score their only offensive touchdown of the game, and to put the game out of reach.
Jayhawk Player of the Game: The offense did a poor job getting the ball to Pierson but he did catch 4 balls for 95 yards. Most of those yards came on a 77 yard touchdown catch and run by Pierson where he broke away from contact after catching the ball and sprinted down the sideline for a touchdown. Pierson only carried the ball once for 3 yards.
Notes: Outside of Pierson’s 77-yard touchdown catch, the Kansas passing game was ineffective as the Jayhawks could only amass 93 yards through the air otherwise. The receivers could not get open, had trouble catching the balls that did get to them, and quarterback Jake Heaps took sacks a few times instead of throwing the ball away. All in all, it was a poor showing by all involved in the passing game. Heaps threw two interceptions, one that was run back 51 yards for a touchdown for Rice’s first score.
James Sims did the best he could, piling up 109 yards in 19 carries. The offense did a poor job utilizing the rest of Kansas’ tremendous talent at running back. Pierson, Darrian Miller, and Brandon Bourbon carried the ball a total of 4 times for 19 yards.
Kansas only collected 11 first downs on the night and were only 6 for 17 in converting third downs.
Rice running back Charles Ross put up 157 yards on the Jayhawks defense on 27 carries.
Jayhawk tight end Jimmy Mundine dropped a wide open pass in the middle of the field with less than two minutes to go to end any hopes of a comeback the Jayhawks had.
The Jayhawks return home next Saturday to take on the 1-2 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at 11:00 a.m. CDT in Lawrence. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.