NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Micheal Hughes passed for 170 yards and Tennessee State scored 10 points in a span of 44 seconds in the fourth quarter -- on a field goal and an interception return -- to defeat Bethune-Cookman 34-3 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
The loss is Bethune-Cookman's largest setback to an FCS team since 2009.
Tennessee State opened a 14-0 lead after a quarter on a Hughes TD pass to DeVon Johnson and a DeMarco Corbin run. After Bethune-Cookman's Uriel Hernandez kicked 46-yard field goal, the Tigers scored four more times.
Antonio Zita pushed the lead to 27-3 with his second 23-yard field goal of the game late in the fourth quarter. Less than a minute later, Dajour Nesbeth picked off Akevious Williams and returned it 39 yards for the final score.
Williams finished 13-of-23 passing for 156 yards.
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Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
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