The Bearkats (1-8) rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat the Owls (2-6), who are playing their final FCS season before joining the Bearkats in Conference USA.
Da'Marcus Crosby intercepted a tipped pass at the Bearkats 46 with three minutes left and Sam Houston drove 36 yards on nine plays, keeping the drive alive when it drew the Owls offside on a fourth-and-3.
Sam Houston tied the game with 3:49 to go when Jay Rockwell laid out in the back of the end zone to snag a 2-yard toss from Keegan Shoemaker. Shoemaker also threw touchdown passes to Noah Smith and Elijah Sohn.
Sam Houston outgained Kennesaw State 347-291 with Shoemaker going 30 of 38 for 242 yards passing with the three TDs and an interception.
The Owls rushed for 247 yards with Michael Benefield going for 108 on 11 carries with two touchdowns, including a 75-yarder, and Jonathan Murphy rushing for 100 on 16 attempts with a score.
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