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Kent State 26, Kennesaw State 23

The ninth-ranked Owls hung tough with an FBS program for the second consecutive season before falling at Kent State 26-23 In overtime.

Matthew Trickett kicked a 43-yard field goal to lift Kent State (1-1) after Kennesaw lost a fumbled pitch on its possession. Golden Flashes linebacker Matt Bahr scooped it up.

Kennesaw (1-1) blew out NAIA member Point 59-0 to open the season last Saturday. The win won't count on the Owls' FCS playoff resume because Point is a non-Division I member, and neither will a game against Reinhardt - also from the NAIA - on Sept. 28.

However, the Owls hope to qualify automatically by winning the Big South title for the third straight season.

Saturday's performance indicated why Kennesaw is favored to do that. The Owls dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 39 minutes, 34 seconds in regulation and outgaining Kent State 437-337.

Kennesaw took a 23-20 lead on David's 4-yard touchdown run with 1:47 remaining, but Kent State had enough time for a 13-play drive, capped by Trickett's 38-yard field goal to force overtime with 10 seconds remaining.

Daniel carried the ball 27 times for 74 yards and also scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. The senior passed for 185 yards and one interception.

Nathan Robertson kicked three short field goals to help stake Kennesaw to a 16-10 halftime lead. Dustin Crum's 75-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKoy put Kent State ahead 17-16 at the 9:26 mark of the third quarter.

The Owls twice came up empty on drives in which an offensive holding penalty negated a touchdown run. A third-quarter possession then ended on downs and Robertson missed a 42-yard field goal attempt with just over 10 minutes left in the fourth.

It was the second FBS game for coach Brian Bohannon's fifth-year program. The Owls lost 24-20 at Georgia State to open last season.


September 7, 2019