2017 Kennesaw State Owls football
Big South champion
ConferenceBig South Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 8
FCS CoachesNo. 9
2017 record12–2 (5–0 Big South)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGrant Chesnut (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBrian Newberry (3rd season)
Home stadiumFifth Third Bank Stadium
(Capacity: 8,318)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big South Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 8 Kennesaw State $^   5 0     12 2  
Monmouth ^   4 1     9 3  
Charleston Southern   3 2     6 5  
Liberty *   2 3     6 5  
Presbyterian   1 4     4 7  
Gardner–Webb   0 5     1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • * Liberty ineligible for postseason due to FBS transition
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2017 Kennesaw State Owls football team represented Kennesaw State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Brian Bohannon and played their home games at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia as third-year members of the Big South Conference.[1] They finished the season 12–2, 5–0 in Big South play to win the Big South conference championship.[2] The Owls received the Big South's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, their first trip to the playoffs in school history.[3][4] In the first round of the playoffs, the Owls defeated Samford in a rematch of their only regular season loss and marked the school's first ever playoff win.[5] In the second round, the Owls upset No. 3 seed Jacksonville State to advance to the quarterfinals.[6] In the quarterfinals, despite a furious second half comeback, they lost to Sam Houston State.[7]

On January 9, 2018, head coach Brian Bohannon was named the American Football Coaches Association's Coach of the Year.[8][9]

Previous season

The Owls finished the 2016 season 8–3, 3–2 in Big South play to finish in a tie for third place.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:00 p.m.at No. 19 Samford*ESPN3
WPCH
L 23–284,908
September 97:00 p.m.Tennessee Tech*BSN
WPCH
W 27–148,418
September 168:00 p.m.at Alabama State*ASAAW 20–1411,000
September 303:30 p.m.North Greenville*
  • Fifth Third Bank Stadium
  • Kennesaw, GA
WPCHW 38–346,161
October 77:00 p.m.Texas Southern*
  • Fifth Third Bank Stadium
  • Kennesaw, GA
WPCHW 48–36,743
October 146:00 p.m.at LibertyESPN3W 42–2817,726
October 217:00 p.m.Gardner–Webbdagger
  • Fifth Third Bank Stadium
  • Kennesaw, GA
ESPN3W 17–36,954
October 282:00 p.m.at PresbyterianWPCHW 28–02,804
November 42:00 p.m.at Montana State*No. 25WPCHW 16–1416,337
November 113:30 p.m.Charleston SouthernNo. 23
  • Fifth Third Bank Stadium
  • Kennesaw, GA
ESPN3W 38–06,224
November 182:00 p.m.MonmouthNo. 22
  • Fifth Third Bank Stadium
  • Kennesaw, GA
ESPN3W 52–216,808
November 252:00 p.m.No. 14 Samford*No. 18
ESPN3W 28–175,516
December 22:00 p.m.at No. 2 Jacksonville State*No. 18ESPN3W 17–717,412
December 98:30 p.m.at No. 5 Sam Houston State*No. 18ESPN3L 27–345,725
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries

@ Samford

See also: 2017 Samford Bulldogs football team

Kennesaw State @ Samford
1 234Total
Owls 0 10013 23
No. 19 Bulldogs 0 7147 28

Tennessee Tech

See also: 2017 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles football team

Tennessee Tech @ Kennesaw State
1 234Total
Golden Eagles 0 0014 14
Owls 10 1430 27
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:57
  • Game attendance: 8,418
  • Game weather: 74°F • ENE 8 • Sunny and clear
  • Referee: Tra Blake
  • TV announcers (BSN/WCPH): Brian Katrek, Tutan Reyes, and Chris Mooneyham

@ Alabama State

See also: 2017 Alabama State Hornets football team

Kennesaw State @ Alabama State
1 234Total
Owls 0 1730 20
Hornets 0 770 14
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: The New ASU Stadium
    Montgomery, AL
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 11,000
  • Game weather: 78°F • E 4 • Partly cloudy
  • Referee: Ron Turner
  • TV announcers (ASAA): Jonathan Spells, Machion Sanders, Rob Taylor

North Greenville

See also: North Greenville Crusaders football

North Greenville @ Kennesaw State
1 234Total
Crusaders 7 9711 34
Owls 14 7710 38
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 6,161
  • Game weather: 78°F • WNW 5 • Sunny
  • Referee: Andy Faust
  • TV announcers (WCPH): Brian Katrek, Tutan Reyes, and Chris Mooneyham

Texas Southern

See also: 2017 Texas Southern Tigers football team

Texas Southern @ Kennesaw State
1 234Total
Tigers 0 300 3
Owls 10 2477 48
  • Date: October 7
  • Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:39
  • Game attendance: 6,743
  • Game weather: 78°F • SE 8 • Overcast
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan
  • TV announcers (WCPH): Brian Giffin, Brandon Joseph, Nathan McCreary

@ Liberty

See also: 2017 Liberty Flames football team

Kennesaw State @ Liberty
1 234Total
Owls 7 2177 42
Flames 7 0714 28
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Williams Stadium
    Lynchburg, VA
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 17,726
  • Game weather: 73°F • SSE 3 • Sunny
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Brian Giffin, Tutan Reyes, Nathan McCreary

Gardner–Webb

See also: 2017 Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs football team

Gardner–Webb @ Kennesaw State
1 234Total
Runnin' Bulldogs 0 030 3
Owls 0 1700 17
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:52
  • Game attendance: 6,954
  • Game weather: 71°F • ESE 5 • Clear
  • Referee: Terrance Lamar
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Mike Hogewood, Renaldo Wynn

@ Presbyterian

See also: 2017 Presbyterian Blue Hose football team

Kennesaw State @ Presbyterian
1 234Total
Owls 0 14140 28
Blue Hose 0 000 0
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Bailey Memorial Stadium
    Clinton, SC
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:41
  • Game attendance: 2,804
  • Game weather: 68°F • SSE 9 • Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Jeff Heaser
  • TV announcers (WPCH): Mark Bryant, John Orck

@ Montana State

See also: 2017 Montana State Bobcats football team

Kennesaw State @ Montana State
1 234Total
No. 25 Owls 7 333 16
Bobcats 7 070 14
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Bobcat Stadium
    Bozeman, MT
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:50
  • Game attendance: 16,337
  • Game weather: 20°F • NNW 0–8 • Mild, 14" snow
  • Referee: Greg Wilson
  • TV announcers (WPCH): Chris Byers, Mike Callaghan, Kyle Sherman

Charleston Southern

See also: 2017 Charleston Southern Buccaneers football team

Charleston Southern @ Kennesaw State
1 234Total
Buccaneers 0 000 0
No. 23 Owls 7 14314 38
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:49
  • Game attendance: 6,224
  • Game weather: 55°F • Sunny
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Mike Hogewood, Jay Sonnhalter

Monmouth

See also: 2017 Monmouth Hawks football team

Monmouth @ Kennesaw State
1 234Total
Hawks 7 1400 21
No. 22 Owls 14 21107 52
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:50
  • Game attendance: 6,808
  • Game weather: 65°F • Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Jerry Magallane
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Mike Hogewood, Jay Sonnhalter

This victory clinched the Owls' first ever postseason bid.

FCS Playoffs

Samford–First Round

Samford @ Kennesaw State
1 234Total
No. 14 Bulldogs 3 707 17
No. 18 Owls 0 2170 28
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 5,566
  • Game weather: 62°F • Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Steve Cadorette
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray

@ Jacksonville State–Second Round

See also: 2017 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team

Kennesaw State @ Jacksonville State
1 234Total
No. 18 Owls 0 773 17
No. 2 Gamecocks 0 003 3
  • Date: December 2
  • Location: JSU Stadium
    Jacksonville, AL
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:44
  • Game attendance: 17,412
  • Game weather: 65°F • Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Warren Gillis
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Matt Stewart, Forrest Conoly

@ Sam Houston State–Quarterfinals

See also: 2017 Sam Houston State Bearkats football team

Kennesaw State @ Sam Houston State
1 234Total
No. 18 Owls 7 3314 27
No. 5 Bearkats 14 1037 34

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 23 22 18 8 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 23 21 16 9

References

  1. ^ "Owls Announce 2017 Football Schedule". Kennesaw State Athletics. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Bednarowski, John. "Kennesaw State romps Monmouth for Big South title". MDJOnline.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  3. ^ "Big South Conference - Kennesaw State Draws Samford in FCS Playoffs". bigsouthsports.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  4. ^ Bednarowski, John. "Kennesaw State making playoff debut with chance at revenge". MDJOnline.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  5. ^ "Samford vs. Kennesaw State - Game Recap - November 25, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  6. ^ "Kennesaw State stuns No. 3 seed Jacksonville State in FCS second round". FOX Sports. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  7. ^ "Kennesaw State vs. Sam Houston State - Game Recap - December 9, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  8. ^ Bednarowski, John. "Kennesaw State's Brian Bohannon voted FCS Coach of the Year by AFCA". MDJOnline.com. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  9. ^ "FB: Bohannon Named 2017 AFCA FCS Coach of the Year - Kennesaw State University". Kennesaw State University. Retrieved 2018-01-17.