Samford (1-4) entered Saturday averaging 384 yards, but was limited to 272 total, 220 passing, by Kennesaw State. The Bulldogs also only crossed into the red zone once to score a first field goal before scoring their late touchdown.
The key in stopping Samford’s offense was not just familiarity with the team from playing them twice last season and a detailed defensive plan, but limiting senior quarterback Devlin Hodges.
Hodges, who averaged 365.5 passing yards entering Saturday’s game, completed 21 of 34 for 150 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 45 yards.
“I thought really we did a nice job it just not letting anything behind us, no big place, making them earn everything, making them have to go down the field and earn it,” Bohannon said. “I thought we did a good job of that. We probably got more pressure on the (quarterback) than anyone has in a while truthfully. ... He’s hard to get on the ground.”
The inability to finish the game Saturday wasn’t something Bohannon saw solely with his young defense. Bohannon, in his fourth season at Kennesaw State, said he wanted to see his offense punch the ball in the end zone on their final possession instead of settling for a 33-yard field goal with 7:11 left in the game.
Bohannon said Tuesday finishing the game would be emphasized in practice this week in all three phases.
Kennesaw State kick off conference play against Presbyterian College at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.