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.
Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell has become the fifth assistant coach to leave the program this offseason, sources have confirmed. He has taken a similar role at Arizona State.
Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn will not return next season because of his alleged involvement in the NCAA recruiting violations levied against Ole Miss, according to multiple reports.
ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter breaks down Barry J. Sanders' decision to transfer from Stanford to Oklahoma State and what kind of impact he can make for the Cowboys.
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee joins The Paul Finebaum Show to discuss Jim Harbaugh and the likelihood of this happening again.
Going against a backup quarterback, the Huskies spanked the Cougars 45-10 in last season's Apple Cup.
The Pac-12 is supplying 49 players for the NFL combine, and the focus figures to be on the quarterbacks led by Cal's Jared Goff.
|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|