KENNESAW, GA. – The Kennesaw State football team scored two touchdowns in its first two possessions, and added two more scores in the second quarter to build a 24-3 halftime lead and take the 45-10 win over Presbyterian College in Big South action at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.
Head Coach Harold Nichols’s Take
“We had way too many penalties and line of scrimmage errors, things we can correct, need to correct. We had had that big holding call that got us out of a drive. We drove down the field, then missed a field goal; that really hurt us.”
“I thought defensively we played decent, but just gave up some big plays. I knew what the speed of the game would be early based on the offense they run, and it would take a little time to get settled in. But once we got settled in, we just gave up big plays. They hit us over the top three times on long passes, that’s 21 points. You take away the big plays and you’re rocking and rolling with them.”
“We can’t get a consistent running game going, can’t get a consistent passing game going. We did get two or three drives together, but all in all, we need to be better, a lot better.”
“I thought our defensive interior line guys played well. It was a tough game for Nick Moss, being a true freshman, after seeing this offense for the first time, that’s a lot for him to digest, but he played tough. Darrell Bridges had a couple of good runs today as well. He didn’t have a lot of breathing room but he was able to make something out of nothing.”
How It Happened
Kennesaw State scored on both its opening possessions to go up early 14-0, with PC getting on the board with just under four to go in the first with a 25-yard field goal from Brett Norton. The Blue Hose scored a TD that was called back on a penalty, forcing the field goal three plays later.
After PC forced a FSU punt in the opening minutes of the second quarter, the Owls came back with a field goal and touchdown the next two possessions to go to the locker room at half with the 24-3 lead. PC’s field goal attempt late in the second quarter sailed just wide.
The Blue Hose went on offense to open the second half but were unable to move the ball to the end zone, settling for its fourth punt of the game. Seven plays later, Chandler Burks hit Xavier Harper for a 46-yard touchdown to put the Owls up 31-3 after the PAT.
PC scored late in the third quarter after Nick Moss recovered a KSU fumble at the 19-yard line. The Blue Hose drove to the one-yard, with Cheek pushing the ball over the help PC make it 31-10, just under a minute to go in the third. KSU responded with a 72-yard scoring drive to go up 38-10, just over 10 to play. The Owls tacked on another TD late in the fourth off a 55-yard pass to TJ Reed, to give KSU the final 45-10 win.
Daryl Wilson recorded multiple receptions for the second week in a row, after collecting three catches for 22 yards.
Cedric Frazier gave PC its 20th 20+ yard catch of the season with his 25-yard reception from Ben Cheek midway through the second quarter.
Khari Rosier recorded a career-high 13 tackles. Rosier is the fourth PC player in as many weeks to reach double-digit tackles. Rosier now has 57 tackles on the season for third on the team, the lead held by Grant Beidel, who had five tackles on the afternoon to sit with 67.
- Ben Cheek completed 12-of-20 passes for 111 yards in the contest. Cheek has gone over the century mark in passing yards in each of his last five starts, after not having reached 100 yards in each of his first seven starts. Cheek also rushed 10 times for six yards and a touchdown to total 117 yards of total offense.
- With his one reception against KSU, DaShawn Davis has now totaled 41 receptions in a season since moved in to the top 10 in receptions for a single-season in PC’s Division I era.
- PC collected two fumbles in the third quarter, with Maleek Catching recovering KSU’s first of the afternoon. Nick Moss snagged one on the very next KSU drive, and taking it 10 yards to the KSU nine-yard line and setting up a PC touchdown four plays later.
For the Record
PC drops to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the Big South, while Kennesaw State improves to 8-2, 3-1.
PC concludes the 2016 season with a trip to South Alabama, Nov. 19, to take on the Jaguars in the first ever meeting between the two schools. The game will air on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. (ET).