CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern's focus is sharp as it vies for a Big South Conference championship and FCS Playoff bid Saturday against Kennesaw State. CSU's 18 seniors, the winningest class in program history, will be honored prior to the 11:45 a.m. kickoff at Buccaneer Field.
A win over Kennesaw would give the Bucs 35 wins over the last four years, matching the program's output from the seven years prior. Below is just a sample of the many accomplishments of a class that has helped transform Charleston Southern football.
- 34-13 overall record (28-7 vs. FCS)
- 10-2 vs. rivals (4-0 vs. The Citadel, 3-1 vs. Coastal, 3-1 vs. Liberty)
- 18-3 home record
- 16-4 FCS road record
- Big South record six road wins in 2013
- Currently tied Big South record with seven straight conference road wins
- First outright Big South championship and FCS Playoff bid in school history – 2015
- School record for wins, twice, with 10 in 2013 and 2015
- 20 straight weeks in the Top-25 and 31 weeks overall – CSU ranked for 1 weeks in program's first 22 years of existence.
A glimpse at the matchup
Saturday's matchup pits the Big South's leader in total defense (CSU) against the league's leader in total offense (KSU). Kennesaw has switched gears a bit from the triple option attack it utilized in its inaugural season but the Owls still sport the nation's third-best rushing offense. Brian Bohannon's team enters on a four-game winning streak following a loss to Liberty. The Owls have scored 45 more or points in each of those matchups.
CSU will look to carry forward last Saturday's thorough performance on both sides of the ball against Liberty. The Bucs completely dominated the first half in a must-win game to deny Liberty the outright Big South title. CSU built a 31-6 halftime lead by outgaining the Flames, 288-75. The advantage swelled to 38-6 early in the third quarter when Shane Bucenell broke a 57-yard touchdown run up the middle. Jamey Chadwell and company were thrilled with their squad's ability to bounce back from a disappointing home loss to Gardner-Webb.
CSU will also to hope to replicate the success it enjoyed in bottling up Kennesaw last November. The Bucs held the Owls to just 112 yards rushing and barely more than three yards per carry to register a 28-14 win. Anthony Ellis highlighted that effort with a 61-yard fumble return touchdown and was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week. The triumph sewed up CSU's first-ever playoff berth.