Last-second FG lifts Rice past Kansas 25-24
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Trailing by two points with only a couple of minutes to go, Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue saw kicker Chris Boswell look him confidently in the eye and say, "Get me to the 45 with this wind and I've got it."
McHargue and his teammates did just that and Boswell delivered, booming a 45-yard field goal as the last second ticked off the clock and giving the Owls a stunning 25-24 victory over Kansas for one of their most thrilling road wins in years.
It was the fourth 3-pointer of the game for Boswell, who the week before had set the school record with six career field goals of 50 yards or longer.
"It still hasn't really set in yet," he said. "I'm sure it will set in when we are on the plane or something, but right now it doesn't seem like it."
As the big crowd sat holding its breath, Kansas coach Charlie Weis called timeout.
"I had an idea that they were going to ice me, but I was still going to kick it regardless," Boswell said.
Boswell also had kicks of 47, 29 and 29 yards for the Owls (1-1), who got into position for the winning score after Bryce Callahan's interception of Dayne Crist's pass with 3:47 to play.
"My biggest disappointment is we didn't finish," said Weis. "Our whole motto for this week was about finishing games."
Weis refused to blame Crist for the interception or his special teams for the loss. While Boswell was going 4 for 4, Jayhawks kicker Ron Doherty was missing two of three field goal attempts, including one from medium range that struck the left upright.
"There's plenty of blame to go around," Weis said. "We didn't finish on offense. We didn't finish on defense. We didn't finish on special teams. When that happens, there's a good chance you lose."
McHargue led a 93-yard drive late in the fourth period that ended when Charles Ross scored from the 2, making it 24-22 at the 4:47 mark. On the two-point conversion attempt, McHargue's pass to Luke Wilson was caught out of bounds.