The Kennesaw State Owls rushed for 339 yards on Saturday to beat Hampton 34-15 in Hampton, Virginia to win their opening game in Big South Conference play. KSU (4-1, 1-0) has now won three straight games with their last loss coming against FBS school Georgia Tech.
Quarterback Xavier Shepherd had a big day for the Owls, rushing for a career-high 179 yards and three touchdowns. He also finished with 109 passing yards in the win. Shepherd now ranks second in FCS with rushing scores with nine this year.
KSU led 17-0 late in the second quarter after touchdowns runs from Shepherd and running back Iaan Cousin. With no time left in the second, kicker Nathan Robertson hit a 32-yard field goal to give the Owls the 20-6 lead at the half. Shepherd scored his second touchdown late in the third to give KSU the 20-9 lead. He then closed out the game when he scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Owls allowed just 276 yards against a potent Hampton (2-3, 0-1) offense. Defensive back Welton Spottsville led KSU with seven tackles, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Linebacker Evan Thompson added six tackles while defensive back Cole Lode had two pass breakups.
The Owls will return home next week to host North Carolina A&T. The game will kick off on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.