Tennessee State pulls of first FCS-over-FBS upset

September 6 2015: A Tennessee State helmet rests on the field prior to the game between the Tennessee State Tigers and Alabama State Hornets at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.
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With a slew of season-opening college football matchups Thursday, the season’s first FCS-over-FBS win went to Tennessee State with a 17-10 victory over Georgia State.

Florida transfer quarterback Treon Harris led Tennesse State with 91 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and also completed 12 of 23 passes for 145 yards. Seth Rowland also added a rushing touchdown to go with nine carries for 76 yards.

Tennessee State has not been an FCS power the last few seasons, as it was the program’s first-ever win over an FBS opponent. The Tigers have lost 10 games over the last two years. The team will have its home opener next Saturday when it hosts Jacksonville State.

Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, moved to the FBS in 2013. The Panthers opened up their new stadium Thursday, which was on the site of Turner Field, the former home of the Atlanta Braves. The field is also expected to be used to host high school football games for teams in the area.

Trent Miles in his fifth year as the team’s head coach after making the move from Indiana State. Georgia State has won nine games over its last two seasons after just one win in Miles’ first two seasons combined. The Panthers’ only touchdown of the night came on a 36-yard pass from Aaron Winchester to Taz Bateman in the fourth quarter.

The road for Georgia State won’t get much easier, with the Panthers traveling to Happy Valley to take on Penn State on Sept. 16. Penn State was ranked No. 6 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.

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