The Owls came into the game ranked second nationally in the FCS in rushing yardage averaging 297.6 yards per game but the Hawks held them to 161 yards on 48 attempts for a 3.4 yard average. They came into the game averaging 6.6 yards per carry. However, 68 of those yards came in garbage time the fourth quarter when the games outcome had long been determined.
The Owls run out six different players who have rushed for over 100 yards so far this season with senior running back Kyle Glover paving the way with 278 yards while averaging 5.2 yards per attempt. In 2017 and 2019, Kennesaw State led the nation in rushing yards per game. Redshirt freshman quarterback Xavier Shepard got his first career start last week against Robert Morris.