Scores

Final

Bethune-Cookman 12

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Tennessee State 9

(0-1, 0-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 1, 2013

LP Field, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
COOK 6 0 0 612
TNST 0 6 3 09

Top Performers

Passing: R. Butler (TNST) - 132 YDS

Rushing: I. Jackson (COOK) - 12 CAR, 56 YDS

Receiving: J. Murphy (COOK) - 3 REC, 35 YDS, 1 TD

Bethune-Cookman beats Tennessee State 12-9

Associated Press

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.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
COOK
TNST
1st Downs1714
Total Yards260248
Passing98132
Rushing162116
Penalties5-358-70
3rd Down Conversions4-148-16
4th Down Conversions3-30-0
Turnovers10
Possession28:1331:47

Passing Leaders

Bethune-CookmanC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson7/13544.211
Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Butler13/211326.300

Rushing Leaders

Bethune-CookmanCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson12564.7013
Wilson11433.9011
Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hooks13473.6012
Broughton14453.208

Receiving Leaders

Bethune-CookmanRECYDSAVGTDLG
Murphy33511.7115
Cleckley13333.0033
Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Leonard5387.6026
Wilson33612.0022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCOOKTNST
FG07:13Werley Cagle 21 Yd 30
FG02:08Werley Cagle 30 Yd 60
SECOND QUARTERCOOKTNST
FG11:28Jamin Godfrey 21 Yd 63
FG01:48Jamin Godfrey 44 Yd 66
THIRD QUARTERCOOKTNST
FG01:14Jamin Godfrey 26 Yd 69
FOURTH QUARTERCOOKTNST
TD05:01Jordan Murphy 6 Yd Pass From Jackie Wilson (Pat Blocked) 129