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Alabama State host National Rank Kennesaw State

MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama State returns to action Saturday night at ASU Stadium for the second consecutive weekend, hosting nationally ranked Kennesaw State.

The game kicks off at 5 pm and is the second of four consecutive at home for the Hornets.

Alabama State (1-1) defeated Tuskegee 38-31 last weekend in the Labor Day Classic behind a 347-yard performance from quarterback KHA’Darris Davis through the air. He hit Michael Jefferson for 174 yards (three touchdowns) and Jeremiah Hixon for 118 yards (one touchdown). The Hornets scored 15 unanswered in the final 21 minutes of the game to come from behind for the win.

Meanwhile, seventh-ranked Kennesaw State (1-1) comes into the contest after an overtime loss to FBS foe Kent State, 26-23 Saturday.

The two have met two times in school history, with the Owls winning both including a 20-14 victory at ASU Stadium back in 2017.

HOW TO WATCH / LISTEN
The game will be carried by the Hornet Sports Network and streamed live on BamaStateSports.com. It can also be heard on any of the affiliates of the Network.

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR / GAME NOTES
Alabama State enters the contest after a seven-point win over Tuskegee last weekend in the Labor Day Classic in which three players set career highs in passing and receiving. Davis finished the night with a career-high 347 yards through the air and tied his career-high with four touchdown passes.

Jefferson was named the SWAC Offensive Player of the Week and was awarded a helmet sticker by ESPN after a five-catch, 174-yard performance and three touchdowns in the win; while Hixon finished with 118 yards.

The Hornets are ranked fourth nationally in third down conversion defense at 16.7 percent and are 11th in net punting at 41.62 yards. They are also 12th in kickoff returns at 27.00 yards per return, and 13th in red zone defense (.667).

Irshaad Davis is third in the nation in fumbles forced (two), while Donelle Thomas lads the nation in fumbles recovered (two).

Meanwhile, Jefferson is third in the country in receiving touchdowns (three) and second in yards per reception (31.33). Meanwhile, Anthony Craven is eighth in the country in punting (45.0).

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Kennesaw State is on the road for the second of three straight road games after falling to Kent State, and have Missouri State next weekend on the road.

Quarterback Daniel David ranks second with four rushing touchdowns, while the team has at least one rushing touchdown in 39 consecutive games, a streak that spans three full seasons.

The Owls have won 18-straight regular season FCS contests dating back to August 31, 2017 against Samford.

Kennesaw State is currently sixth in the country in passing efficiency (181.41), 11th in the nation in total offense (514.5) and 15th in scoring (41.0). Defensively, they are sixth in scoring defense (13.0) and seventh in total defense (233.0).

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