KSU Uses Air Attack to Dominate Robert Morris

The Kennesaw State Owls are known for their running attack. However, the passing game was on full display on Saturday as quarterback Xavier Shepherd threw four touchdown passes to lead the Owls over Robert Morris 45-21 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.

The Owls (8-1. 5-0 Big South Conference) jumped to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter when running back Nykeem Farrow scored on a 9-yard run. They increased the lead to 14 later in the quarter when Shepherd threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Caleb O’Neal. At the end of the first half, Shepherd found O’Neal again on a 19-yard touchdown pass to increase the Owls’ lead to 21-7.

KSU put the game away in the third quarter with 21 additional points. Running back Gabriel Benyard scored on a 49-yard touchdown run midway through the third to increase the Owls lead to 21. The lead then increased to 28 when Shepherd threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Xavier Hill. And after Robert Morris (3-5, 2-4) scored late in the third quarter, the Owls answered on the ensuing drive when Shepherd threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to running back Adeolu Adeleke. In the fourth quarter, kicker Nathan Robertson kicked a 48-yard field goal to increase the Owls lead 45-14. It’s the longest field goal for Robertson in his career, and he becomes the 12th kicker in Big South Conference history to reach the 200-point mark.

For Shepherd, he has thrown eight touchdown passes in the last two weeks. He now has 13 touch passes this season, tying a single-season school record that was set by Chandler Burks in 2016.

The Owls have now won seven consecutive games and snapped Robert Morris’ streak of seven consecutive home wins. They will look to continue their hot streak next week when they travel to Florence, Alabama to face North Alabama on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.

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