Owls Hang Tough with the Panthers But Lose Late 24-20

August 30, 2018 – Atlanta Georgia

The #5 ranked Kennesaw State Owls took to the field on Thursday night against their first FBS opponent the Georgia State Panthers at Pete Petit Field in Atlanta.  This was one of the biggest stadiums that the Owls have ever played in and they didn’t let the 23,088 fans get the best of them as they fought until the end but came up short 24-20.

The Owls took early control of the game. It started with a rushing touchdown by Shaquil Terry and a touchdown pass from Chandler Burks to Justin Sumpter to put the Owls up 14-0 in the 2nd quarter.  That is where the scoring stopped for the Owls in the first half. It was then the Panthers turn to get into the endzone.

The Panthers were not going to make it easy for Burks and company. A quick 14-points in less than 50-seconds had the Owls and Panthers knotted at 14 going into halftime.

The second half was filled with missed opportunities by the Owls.  Turnovers, missed tackles and penalties really hurt their momentum.  The Owls defense dug deep and stopped a HUGE 4th and 12 with 2:30 left in the 4th to put the Owls in the driver seat late. The Owls and Panthers then played chess for the rest of the game.

During the last KSU possession the Panthers stopped the run and called time out and with a four and out had possession again with more than 2-minutes. After several close plays and some penalties on the Owls the Panthers put together a 9-play 73-yard play that was capped with a TD pass from Dan Ellington to D. Champagnie with only 41-seconds.  That was all the GSU Panthers needed to put the Owls away late.

Owls highlights:

  • Chandler Burks – 12-19 for 201-yards and 1 TD and 1 int.
  • Justin Sumpter – 7 receptions for 79-yards and a TD
  • Shaquil Terry – 7 rushes for 61-yards and a TD
  • Anthony Gore – 9 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack
  • Bryson Armstrong – 9 tackles, solo tackles and a 0.5 sack

 

The 2018 Owls start the season 0-1 and will take to the road to play the Tennessee Tech on Sept 6th.

 

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