Rice’s Victory Over Kansas!

Boswell's kick is good and RICE WINS!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s football season! We could not be more proud to be Owls this season! This post is specifically dedicated to the one game so far that rattled everyone. Which game? The Rice-Kansas game in which Rice’s amazing-award-winning kicker, Chris Boswell, drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired to cap furious Rice rally and give the Owls their first victory over a Big XII school in history!

Jordan Taylor completes the pass!

Down 24-16 earlier in the game, Rice found itself at its own seventy-yard line after a punt return. Thank goodness for our leading quarterback, Taylor McHargue, who hit on all four throws for 81 yards to lead the Owls quickly down the field. “He hit Vance McDonald for a 38-yard gain and connected with Jordan Taylor three times for 43 yards, including a leaping 29-yard grab to the Jayhawk two yard line to set up Charles Ross’ short plunge to close the gap to 24-22,” quoted from The Rice Owl Official Athletic Site.

With 3:47 minutes left on the clock, “I came up to (Chris Boswell) and he just said, `Get it to the 45,'” McHargue said. “To know we have a kicker like Chris Boswell, we knew we just needed to get to that 40 yard line.” Bailiff said. “We thought if we could get to the 40 without the wind we would be good. We knew if we could get to the 40 with the wind, he is pretty automatic from that range. So we felt good when we got the ball to the 40. We were trying to just get extra yards and burn clock.”

This dramatic game had an equally dramatic ending. Boswell went on the field, readied himself for the kick, kicked it, the time expired, and it was good! I can’t do the event justice though, so make sure to watch the video of the kick at the game!

Chris Boswell’s Winning Kick v. Kansas

Rice fight, never die.
Blue, gray, in the sky.
Stand. Cheer. Victory’s near!
Go! Go! Goooo Rice! 

— Lexi

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