Road woes: Kansas drops 20th straight away game to Rice, 23-14.

HOUSTON — The Jayhawks couldn’t break their cruel streak of 20-straight road loses on Saturday night, losing to the Owls 23-14.

Kansas will have to wait yet another month to try to break their road-losing streak. What’s another month when the program hasn’t won on the road since September 2009, anyway?

Despite leading 14-13 with 1:56 left in the third quarter, Kansas couldn’t keep the lead. Rice responded with a 56-yard field goal with 8:43 remaining in the game and just a series later, they sealed the victory with an 8-yard touchdown run from Charles Ross to make it 23-14.

The first half was a defensive battle, with Rice leading 13-7. Rice scored first after Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps threw an interception. Rice’s Michael Kutzler returned the interception for a 51-yard touchdown.

Kansas retaliated early in the second quarter with a 77-yard touchdown pass from Heaps to Tony Pierson.

View the touchdown below:

Immediately following that drive, Rice kicked a 40-yard field goal to make it 10-7.

After Jake Heaps threw his second interception of the game with 2:52 remaining in the half, Rice stormed down the field. The KU defense made a couple of good defensive plays to force a 28-yard field, putting Rice up 13-7.

Kansas took the lead after Isaiah Johnson intercepted Taylor McHargue for a 31-yard return. Starting from the 16, Tre’ Parmalee put Kansas into scoring position with a big 17-yard gain on a 23rd and 12. Heaps immediately punched the ball in for a touchdown, making it 14-13.

Kansas heads back to Lawrence to prepare for Louisiana Tech. The Jayhawks will look to remain undefeated at home next week against the Bulldogs.

Leaders for Kansas:

  • Jake Heaps finshed 13-for-28 with 156 yards, one passing and one rushing touchdown and two interceptions
  • James Sims finished with 117 yards on 20 rushes
  • Tony Pierson has 95 yards on four receptions with one touchdown