Sep 1, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks halfback Tony Pierson (3) rushes for a touchdown against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won the game 31-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
The Kansas Jayhawks welcome the Rice Owls to Lawrence for the second game under new coach Charlie Weis.
Weis wasn't particularly thrilled about his team's performance against South Dakota State in the first week of the season, particularly with the performance of QB Dayne Crist.
"I think Dayne was probably not real satisified with how the game went. When our passing efficency was under 50 percent, it's a combination of a lot of factors. I think there's a number of plays out there we would expect way more completions and a much better efficiency rating than we had in that game."
Crist was 17-of-36 for 169 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the FCS Jackrabbits.
The KU defense struggled at times against the run, something that could be expected considering the number of newcomers on defense the Jayhawks are playing this season.
The Rice Owls lost their opener against UCLA, 49-24, surrendering 646 yards of total offense, including 343 on the ground. For a team that is still adjusting and learning under a new coaching regime, Rice presents what is likely the perfect opponent to learn and grow against.
Kansas is currently a 9-1/2 point favorite in the game.