BOZEMAN, Mont. — Justin Thompson kicked three field goals, the last one a 37-yarder with 1:55 to play, and Kennesaw State won its eighth straight game, 16-14 over Montana State on Saturday in the coldest game in Owls’ history.

“Third year program going across the country and finding a way to make it happen, this is a big win for us,” Owls coach Brian Bohannon said. “I told the guys we had to score. I wanted to go for it on fourth-and-1, but took the field goal.”

Thompson’s kick capped off a 20-play, 78-yard drive that consumed 10:03. The Owls converted on fourth down twice during the drive.

Taylor Henkle intercepted Chris Murray at the KSU 33 with 1:16 to play to seal the win. The Owls have had at least one interception each game this season.

Game-time temperature was 23 degrees, 31 degrees colder than any game played by the third-year program.

Kennesaw State (8-1) scored on a 2-yard run to cap an 89-yard drive on the Owls’ first possession.

“That was a heckuva drive,” Bohannon said. “We converted some what I would call arduous first downs.”

Montana State (4-5) came right back with a long touchdown drive of its own on its first possession, Murray scoring on a 7-yard run, but the game slowed considerably after that.

Thompson had a 35-yard field goal nine seconds before the half to put the Owls up.

Murray opened the second half with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Herbert for the Bobcats but Thompson followed with a 40-yard field goal.

Kennesaw, the FCS rushing leader at 329 yards a game, ran for 346, led by Chandler with 149 on 34 carries. Jake McKenzie added 116 on 20.

Chandler passed for 55 yards and Murray 110 as the two combined to go 9 of 30.


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