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.
Brandon Bowen, a three-star defensive end, has become the 11th signee from the Bears' 2016 recruiting class to be granted his release.
Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated calls into The Paul Finebaum Show to break down what to expect from the 2016 UGA football team and new head coach Kirby Smart.
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples joins Paul Finebaum and Marcus Spears to debate who would be included on the SEC Mount Rushmore.
Karl Ravech credits Gary Gilmore's coaching for the Chanticleers' championship win. Kyle Peterson acknowledges Andrew Beckwith's pitching and G.K. Young's swing that ultimately sealed the deal.
GameDay 100: Back in 1980, Georgia WR Lindsay Scott took off on a 92-yard catch-and-run in the final seconds of the game to lift the Bulldogs to a 26-21 victory over the Gators.
DL Hercules Mata'afa, LB Peyton Pelluer and SS Shalom Luani have the Cougars' defense headed in the right direction.
|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|