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.
Maria Taylor and Peter Burns share the greatest moments of the year around the conference.
SEC Network looks back at all of the NCAA Championships won by the SEC this year.
SEC Network's Summer Tour stops by Baton Rouge to visit with Les Miles and the Tigers.
Three-time NFL MVP quarterback Brett Farve shares his stories of coaching high school football at the LSU Coaches Clinic.
SEC Network looks back at the highs and lows of Tigers' season.
Baylor has released five signees from its 17th-ranked recruiting class, including J.P. Urquidez, Kameron Martin, Donovan Duvernay and Patrick Hudson. Sources said the others was Parrish Cobb.
|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|