The win evened up Rice's record at 1-1, and the loss did the same for Kansas (1-1).
Taylor McHargue completed 14 of 31 pass attempts for 168 yards and Ross carried the ball a career-high 27 times for 157 yards, to lead the Owls offense. But it was Rice's Driphus Jackson who came off the bench to drive the Owls down the field in the fourth quarter, as they scored their only offensive touchdown of the contest.
James Sims led the Jayhawks with 109 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Rice took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series between the two schools.
Mark Schlabach is back with another edition of the Way Too Early Top 25.
Chris Low breaks down which teams have the easiest out of conference schedules for the 2016 college football season.
The Gators have some sorting out to do at QB, where a freshman could lead them, and they swung and missed at the need position of cornerback.
Texas quarterback Shane Buechele tops the list of early enrollees who figure to make an impact in the Big 12 this spring.
The Hoosiers' defense has been very bad of late, but new defensive coordinator Tom Allen has been part of big turnarounds before.
The Broncos' C.J. Anderson became the third running back with Cal roots to win a Super Bowl over the past three seasons.