Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas' 23-14 loss to Rice on Saturday ...
• Tony Pierson, who a year ago rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries (6.3) in the Rice game, this time caught four passes for 95 yards, 77 yards coming on a touchdown on which he outran the defense along the right sideline.
• Safety Isaiah Johnson’s interception and return set up a KU touchdown.
• Tight end Jimmay Mundine dropped a third-down pass that would have gone for a first down late in the second quarter and dropped another that would have gone for a big gain late in the fourth quarter.
• Quarterback Jake Heaps threw two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and showed questionable judgment making both throws.