NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jackie Wilson threw a 6-yard pass to Jordan Murphy in the fourth quarter for the only touchdown and Bethune-Cookman beat Tennessee State 12-9 on Sunday night in the John Merritt Classic.
Tennessee State had a chance to tie, but Jamin Godfrey missed a 49-yard field goal wide right to end the game.
Bethune-Cookman rushed for 162 yards on 42 attempts and had 260 total yards to Tennessee State's 248 in the season opener for both teams. Isidore Jackson led the Wildcats with 56 yards on 12 attempts.
Tennessee State's Ronald Butler was 13 of 21 for 132 yards in his first career start. Butler started in place of junior Mike German, who is serving a two-game suspension for being declared academically ineligible last spring. German, who did not go through spring practice, also was charged with felony vandalism in the spring but the charge was dismissed last month.
Richard Dent, the Pro Football Hall of Famer who starred at Tennessee State from 1979-82, had his jersey retired during a halftime ceremony and tossed the coin before the game.
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
SEC Network's Paul Finebaum reflects on the sad and disturbing state of Johnny Manziel's decline.
Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi joins the Paul Finebaum Show to discuss his article about the Dolphins passing up Hugh Freeze for head coach.
Miami Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil's attorneys and agent are investigating his relationship with a former business manager/financial adviser, Outside the Lines has learned.
Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin talks with Paul Finebaum about A&M's strength and obstacles in the SEC for the 2016 season.
A look at the top players on Arizona State as the Sun Devils enter the 2016 season.
|North Carolina A&T||7-1||10-2|
|North Carolina Central||7-1||8-3|
|South Carolina State||6-2||7-4|
|Southeast Missouri State||3-4||4-7|