Photo: Cory Hancock/For the AJC
Photo: Cory Hancock/For the AJC

Kennesaw State advances to second round of FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s Jonathan Murphy, subbing for injured quarterback Tommy Bryant, rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns, and the Owls opened the FCS playoffs with a 28-21 victory against Wofford on Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.

The third of Murphy’s scores came on a 61-yard run with 4:02 to play the fourth quarter that gave the Owls a 28-14 lead.

Before his injury, Bryant’s 2-yard run with 12:14 to play in the first half allowed the Owls to pull even with the Terriers at 7-7. Wofford went back ahead 14-7 in the third quarter before Murphy’s three touchdowns gave Kennesaw State the points it needed to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The Owls were one of two visiting teams to win Saturday among the eight FCS first-round games.

Kennesaw State will next face Weber State, the No. 3-seeded team, Saturday in Ogden, Utah. 

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