Hey, look whooooo leads the nation in scoring — Kennesaw State
The Owls beat East Tennessee State 56-16 and Edward Waters 58-7 to become the first FCS team since 2008 to score 50 points in each of its first two games. They are the first Big South team to open the season with consecutive 50-point games since Gardner-Webb in 2005 and lead the conference in touchdowns (16), points (114), rushing offense (361.5) and rushing touchdowns (11).
The other three FCS teams to debut with two consecutive wins were Charlotte (2013), Mercer (2013) and Old Dominion (2009).
But the numbers that matter most to head coach Brian Bohannon are the yardsticks that measure his team's progress.
"Offensively, we played 54 snaps with 45 efforts and 48 missed assignments," he said Wednesday, breaking down the Owls' performance against Edward Waters, an NAIA school. "Now, relatively speaking, that's better but it's nowhere where it needs to be for us to be the kind of football team we want to be here."
Kennesaw State is one of four schools debuting football this year. The others — East Tennessee State (FCS), Finlandia University (Division III) in Hancock, Mich., and Lyon College (NAIA) in Batesville, Ark. — are all seeking their first wins.
So the Owls' wins have come against another first-year program and an NAIA school. Next up: Division II Shorter University on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.
After that, the Owls play Dayton, a non-scholarship FCS program, and kick off the conference schedule on Oct. 10 against High Point.
"As the schedule gets a little tougher, those (little) things will get you beat in a heartbeat," Bohannon said. "Each week the key for us is whether we can build on the week before. A lot of times I can watch us play and tell what the numbers are going to look like. Next week, are those numbers better?"
Two other teams in FCS are averaging 50 points per game — James Madison of CAA Football (55.5) and Samford of the Southern Conference (51.5).
Above: Kennesaw State's live mascot, a Great Horned Owl. (Photo courtesy of KSU Athletics)