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.
Auburn defensive back Tim Irvin, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he is transferring to another school.
Michigan running back Drake Johnson was run over in April by a forklift at the Wolverines' indoor track building, according to reports.
In an attempt to solve its #Pac12AfterDark problem, the league is seeking to reduce the number of late games on the Pac-12 Networks.
Recruiting reporter Derek Tyson joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to break down the incoming freshmen likeliest to make a splash in 2016.
Washington has named Jennifer Cohen as its new athletic director after she served as the interim athletic director following Scott Woodward's departure for Texas A&M.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe set the bar high when he sprung some exciting news on walk-on defensive end Danny Doyle.
|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|