The Kennesaw State Owls could never get anything going on Saturday as Monmouth earned a 42-17 victory to clinch the Big South Conference Championship at Kessler Stadium.
The Owls (4-1) defense got off to a strong start, forcing the Hawks to miss a field goal on their opening drive. However, Monmouth (3-0) would score on the second offensive set and never look back.
KSU got on the board in the second quarter when kicker Nathan Robertson kicked a 44-yard field goal to cut the lead to four. But a 21-point second quarter for Monmouth helped them win the conference title for the second consecutive season.
Monmouth was led by quarterback Tony Muskett who threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Juwon Farri rushed for 180 yards and two scores while receivers Lonnie Moore and Terrance Greene Jr. each had 100 receiving yards and three combined touchdowns.
Owls quarterback Jonathan Murphy finished the day with 167 yards passing, 47 yards rushing, one touchdown, one interception and was sacked six times. Running back Isaac Foster racked up 64 receiving yards, 40 rushing yards and one touchdown.
The loss puts the Owls in an interesting spot. Their regular season is over, and the only way they can qualify for the playoffs is with an at-large bid. They have a shot since they have earned a strong national brand name over the years, according to HERO Sports. However, HERO Sports also believes that with the Owls not being in the playoff committee’s top 10 rankings, it’s possible they could be on the outside looking in.
The Owls will know their fate when the FCS Selection Show airs on ESPN U Sunday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. ET.