Rice Kicker Chris Boswell Makes Viral Legend Bid With Crazy Onsides Kick

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In Saturday's Bayou Bucket game between the Owls and the University of Houston, with the Cougars leading 31-20 and a little over two minutes remaining in the game, Coogs kicker Richie Leone had his 41 yard field goal attempt blocked and returned for a touchdown. The two point conversion attempt by the Owls failed, so Rice trailed in the contest 31-26, however, they had burned all three of their timeouts trying to stay in the game.

And thus an onsides kick was necessitated. Here's what happened...

....yes, only the most bad ass onsides kick in the history of onsides kicks! And make no mistake, this would have been bad ass even if Houston would have recovered, but the fact that it actuallyworked?! Incredible!

This is one of those times where having someone who played soccer at one time as your kicker (which virtually all of them have these days) comes in awfully handy, as what appeared to be some sort of magic trick to football fans is actually a fairly mundane maneuver for most soccer players.

Unfortunately, for Rice, as far as the game goes, the whole thing was for naught as Houston was able to hold on for the 31-26 victory in a very entertaining ball game. However, for fans of viral video, Boswell essentially established the positive end of our "Kicker Escapades Viral Video" scale.

(As you may know, my nomenclature for any "1 to 10" scale is to take the last name of the worst person and the last name of the best person, and use them both in the name. It makes it sound more scientific, like the Cromartie-Tebow Scale for contraception and birth control, for example. And yes, I assisted Travis Rodgers in the naming of the Rose-Carroll Scale for hair care.)

So if Boswell is the "10" end of the scale, who is the "1" end?

I think it has to go to former Miami Dolphin kicker Garo Yepremian who somehow thought it would be a good idea to scoop up a blocked kick and attempt a pass, in the goddamn Super Bowl, no less!

Behold, the Yepremian-Boswell Scale for viral kicker shenanigans it is!

So Rice fans, you may have lost the battle on Saturday, but you won the other battle -- viral kicker relevance is yours! Celebrate, Owl fans, and you celebrate, too, Chris Boswell!

Just don't go all Bill Gramatica on us in your celebration...

I'd hate to have to rename it the Boswell-Boswell Scale.

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Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

That was total bad-assery...glad the Coogs survived with a win.

Rebecca Ellen
Rebecca Ellen

I don't know a whole lot about football but your blog posts never fail to make me giggle and I even learn stuff, too. Great piece.

Ryan Cope
Ryan Cope

Interesting. I've been working on that kick for awhile. It comes from a sneaky soccer kick. Where the leg and direction point the opposite way. It is truly a last millisecond directional change and an outer nick. A nick, at best. Exceptionally tough with a hand egg. But doable and predictable with enough practice.


Nice article SP

I've always despised noted rug-wearer Lou Holtz and your personal anecdote confirms this.


I love the Gramatica fail.  "Don't pull a Gramatica!"

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