Owls Get the Ugly Win, Shut Down Kansas
The Owls offense did nothing for a majority of the game, accumulating just 70 yards of offense for the first quarter with a promising opening drive being doomed by penalties that resulted in the Owls facing a third down with 33 yards needed for the first. The Owls defense bailed the team out with linebacker Michael Kutzler intercepting a Jake Heaps pass and returning it 52 yards for the only score of the first quarter.
Kicker Chris Boswell nailed two field goals to keep Rice on top 13-7 as the half. And it was Boswell who put the Owls back in the lead, for good, when he boomed a 56-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. The defense kept Kansas bottled up, and the offense, under back-up QB Driphus Jackson, showed one last, much needed grasp of life, culminating in running back Charles Ross taking a pitch for eight yards to score the Owls only offensive touchdown of the night.
So with the Kansas game done and the Bayou Bucket coming up this week, here are a few game two observations about the Owls.
CHRIS BOSWELL IS A MACHINE
Rice head coach David Bailiff likes to compare kicker Chris Boswell to a golf bag, stating that it's like he's got a different leg to use for the differing distances. He also tells us that Boswell has no fear and thinks he can make a field goal from any distance. It's about gotten to the point that if the Owls reach the opposing team's 40-yard line, then the team can count on getting at least three points out of the drive.
"I don't really have a different mindset for every different kick," Boswell said. "I just try to kick it as hard as I can, and get the ball up as fast as possible because they bring a pretty good rush. I don't try to chip it more, I don't try to drive it more. I just kick everyone as hard as I can and pray that it goes in."
Boswell's quick to credit his teammates for his success, noting the line, long-snapper, and holder are the ones who make the kicks possible. But without the leg and the focus, the work of his teammates would be meaningless.