The Owls running game loses an option this week, after senior Turner Petersen was lost for the rest of the year to a knee injury. Petersen was fifth on the team in rushing with 262 yards on 61 carries, but he also led Rice's running backs with 26 catches for 348 yards and four touchdowns.
"He was a team leader for us," Rice Coach David Bailiff said, "and Luke Turner will assume all the roles he was playing for us."
You might not hear much about "Luke Turner" from the Owls in Saturday's game, but you could hear a bit about "Bob." That was the nickname seniors gave Turner last year, because the team already had Luke Willson and Turner Petersen on the roster.
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HOLLIDAY ALSO is preparing for an Owls weapon, the likes of which he rarely sees from week to week - senior kicker Chris Boswell.
"He may be the best kicker in the country," Holliday said. "He does a great job and has the ability to kick 50-plus yard field goals.
"He's a weapon and he's also really good at kicking the ball off."
Boswell has three of the top five seasons in Rice history in field goals made and has three of the four longest field goals in Owls history, kicks of 57, 56 and 56 yards.
This season, he's 14 of 21, he's perfect from inside 40 yards and has two field goals of at least 50 yards.
He's also second in the country in total touchbacks (54) and leads the country in percentage of kickoffs for touchbacks (77.14 percent).
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