It was a rainy Senior Day as the Kennesaw State Owls took on the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. KSU’s, #10-Trey White completed a 79-yard pass to #14-Chaston Bennett for touchdown on KSU’s opening drive. It was the 3rd time this year that KSU had scored on the opening play of the game. KSU’s extra point was blocked Charleston Southern. Kennesaw State leads Charleston Southern 6-0.
However, that was the best offense that Kennesaw State would have most of the entire first half. Charleston Southern would later go on to score a 23-yard pass play from #4-Austin Brown to #11-Colton Korn with 4:58 on the clock. The extra point was good and Charleston Southern would lead KSU 7-6. Charleston South would go on to score two more times. One of the biggest plays before the half was a 61-yard fumble recovery by CSU, #8-Anthony Ellis for a touchdown. KSU’s quarterback, Trey White would suffer a separated left shoulder on the tackle to try and save the Charleston Southern touchdown. White would leave the game not return to play. Charleston Southern leads 21-6 at the half.
Charleston Southern would open up the 2nd half with a 7-yard rush from their QB, Austin Brown for a touchdown. CSU leads KSU 28-6. KSU’s backup QB, Jake McKenzie would lead the Owls the rest of the game. KSU’s offense woes would continue going 1 for 9 for 3rd downs and not being able to move the ball in the 3rd quarter.
CSU’s QB, Austin Brown would have his pass picked off by KSU’s Taylor Henke at 11:53 early in the 4th quarter. KSU would take over on downs on KSU 17- yard line. McKenzie would later complete a long pass play to Trey Trawick, which will lead to 1-yard touchdown by KSU’s McKenzie and 2-point conversion by running back Trey Chivers. Charleston Southern leads KSU 28-14 with 9:24 left in the 4th quarter. KSU would put together a drive around the 6:40 mark in the 4th quarter with a McKenzie pass play to Trawick to the 50- yard line, but KSU would go backward on the next three plays. CSU would take over on downs with around 4:49 left in the 4th quarter.
Charleston Southern would run 7 play, 43-yard drive to finish the game and take a knee to end the game against Kennesaw State. Final score: Charleston Southern-28 Kennesaw State-14.
Charleston Southern had 314 yards of offense compared to Kennesaw State 302 yards of offense. However, KSU not being to convert on 3rd downs, penalties, injuries, and the huge fumble before the half hurt the Owls in the game.
Kennesaw State falls to (6-3, 2-2) and suffers it first home loss. While, Charleston Southern advances to (8-1, 5-0) in the Big South conference to clinch the Big South title and berth in to FCS playoff.
Kennesaw State will be back action Nov. 14th at Coastal Carolina in Conway, SC at 2pm. KSU will finish its inaugural season on the road Nov. 21st at Presbyterian in Clinton, SC.