Kennesaw edges Wofford 13-10 in FCS 2nd round

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State turned a late turnover into a Justin Thompson field goal with less than two minutes to play for a 13-10 victory over Wofford in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.

With the Terriers facing third-and-long near midfield, Anthony Gore sacked Joe Newman and forced a fumble that was recovered by Andrew Butcher for a loss of 20 yards.

As befitting the defensive struggle in the rain, the Owls went nowhere but Thompson kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:52 to play.

The fourth-seeded Owls (11-1) are home against fifth-seeded South Dakota State in the quarterfinals next weekend.

Other than two big plays early in the second quarter, neither of the run-dominated teams was able to muster much of an attack.

Darnell Holland scored on a 53-yard run in the opening seconds of the second quarter to put the Owls on the board. Holland took a pitch around right end for the longest TD run in Big South Conference playoff history. Just two snaps later Wofford answered with a 57-yard pass from Joe Newman to D’mauriae Van Cleave.

The Terriers got a career-long 45-yard field goal from Luke Carter midway through the second quarter but Thompson tied it with 40-yarder on the last play of the half.

Kennesaw finished with 242 yards and Wofford 236, another 43 coming on a completion on the last play of the game. Both teams had two turnovers.