The owls seek to sink the buccaneers in the second round
KENNESAW, Georgia. – Kennesaw State and ETSU are set for a second-round FCS playoff clash this Saturday, December 4. The teams have met twice, the first being the Owls’ inaugural football game in 2015. Kick-off is 2:00 pm. inside William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn.
Opponent: ETSU Buccaneers (10-1, 7-1 South Conference)
Dated: Saturday 4th December
To place: William B. Greene Stadium, Jr.
To start up: 2:00 p.m.
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- The game marks the third meeting in the series. East Tennessee State was the first opponent Kennesaw State football had ever faced in its inaugural season. The Owls won the contest, 56-16, at Johnson City, Tenn.
- With the Owls’ first-round victory over Davidson, the head coach Brian Bohannon tied with David Bennett of Coastal Carolina for most career wins in Big South Conference history at 63.
- The Owls have won three Deep South championships in the past five seasons. KSU went back to back in 2017/2018 and won again in 2021. The program has racked up a conference record of 29-8 in its seven seasons.
- Strategist Xavier berger broke five Big South Conference playoff records last week against Davidson including: most runs scored by a non-kicker (24), most touchdowns responsible for (5), most touchdowns scored (4), the most touchdowns on the ground by a quarterback (4), and most rushed touchdowns (4).
- Senior Linebacker Evan thompson broke a school record for total tackles in a game against Gardner-Webb with 17 (10 solo). He finished the regular season third in the Deep South with 92 tackles (49 solo). Thompson also became the first player in KSU history to record more than 10 tackles in four straight games.
- Gabriel Benyard recorded the first punt return for a touchdown in KSU football history last week in the first round of the 2021 FCS playoffs. The score also marked the first punt return touchdown in KSU history. Big South Conference playoffs, as well as the longest punt return at 63 yards.
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- Kennesaw State football has received 15 all-conference honors after posting a 10-1 record and an unbeaten season in the Big South Conference game.
- The Owls placed six players in the Great South first team and four players in the second team. Kennesaw State also won four of the league’s seven season-ending awards. Click here to see the full list.
Figures to know
- 63 – The head coach Brian Bohannon is tied for the Big South conference record with 63 all-time wins.
- 71 – The Owls have run for over 150 yards in 71 straight games dating back to Week 11 of the 2015 season.
- 15 – QB Xavier berger now holds the KSU single-season touchdown record with 15.
KSU in the FCS ranking
After 11 weeks of play, the Owls are in the top three in several FCS categories. These include:
- 1st – 4th down conversion success rate (81.5%)
- 1st – passing yards per completion (18.2 yards)
- 1st – red zone defense (54.8%)
- 2nd – rushing yards per game (277.9 YPG)
Fast facts: Xavier berger
- The sophomore ranks first in the FCS for touchdowns (23).
- Shepherd averages 11.5 points per game, which ranks him second in the FCS.
- The Owls quarterback ranks first in the Deep South for total points scored (138).
No other startup program in college football history has more wins in its first five seasons than Kennesaw State with 48 wins.
Dating back to week two of the 2017 season, Kennesaw State has won 49 of its last 57 games for a 0.860 winning percentage.
Ranking sequence record
Following the Stats FCS and AFCA preseason polls, KSU broke a record with 46 consecutive weeks in the top 25 polls. The streak broke a previous Big South Conference record of 45 weeks held by Coastal Carolina. The owls have been ranked in one of two polls for 58 consecutive weeks.