Tennessee State (TSU) defensive stops during crucial downs along with the efforts of transfer University of Florida quarterback Treon Harris help defeat Georgia State (GSU) 17-10
before a soldout crowd at Georgia State Stadium. Harris passed for 145 yards and rushed for 91, including a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter that proved to be the difference.
The Panthers continuously hurt themselves offensively committing four turnovers. GSU quarterback Conner Manning completed 14 of 17 passes for 159 yards but left the game in the third quarter due to injury.
Taz Bateman caught six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown an rushed 11 times for 31 yards. After trailing 10-3 at the half, Georgia State appeared to be driving for the tying score early in the third quarter
when Manning’s 59-yard pass to Ari Werts put GSU at the Tennessee State 13. But Tennessee State held on a 4th-and-goal at the 4-yard line to seal the win.
Tennessee State’s defense held GSU to 81 yards in the first half. The Tigers kept the pressure on, forcing four turnovers, recording three sacks and stopping GSU on two fourth down attempts.
The Tigers outrushed Georgia State 238-49 and outgained the Panthers 383-273. Also, TSU won the time of possession holding on to the ball for 34:59 opposed to the Panthers 25:01
TSU Head Coach Rod Reed said, “It was a huge win. Our kids prepared for this. It was a game that we had marked since last year. We knew we were playing a FBS opponent, and our kids wanted
to come down here, especially the ones from Georgia, and show what Tennessee football is all about. It is not just a big win for TSU, but also for the HBCU and the Ohio Valley Conference.
We are just happy to be part of it.”
Georgia State Head Coach Shawn Elliott said, “We were out executed tonight, without a doubt.” Offensively Elliott stated “There were a lot of times we got beat up front, we certainly did.
Not sure how many sacks were given up or loss of yardage, I think it was three sacks, but yeah they were whipping us up front. We got to be a bit more creative, to tell you the truth.
We got to develop a better run game. When I say better, we got to develop a run game.”