Scores

Final

Florida A&M 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Tenn St 17

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 1, 2012

LP Field, NASHVILLE, TN

1 2 3 4 T
FAMU 0 0 7 714
TNST 7 0 10 017

Top Performers

Passing: M. German (TNST) - 263 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Ward (TNST) - 28 CAR, 124 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Harvey (FAMU) - 6 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Tennessee St. 17, Florida A&,M 14

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee State built a 17-0 lead, then survived a second-half Florida A&M rally to defeat the Rattlers 17-14 Saturday night in a nonconference opener for both teams.

Behind quarterback Michael Germain, Tennessee led 17-0 in the third quarter. Germain, who completed 22 of 32 passes for 265 yards, had hit Devin Wilson for a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Jamin Godfrey's 38-yard field goal increased the lead to 10-0 early in the third and Trabis Ward scored on a 6-yard run.

That's when Florida A&M mounted its comeback.

Tyler Bass got the Rattlers on the board with a 17-yard scoring run in the third quarter. Then quarterback Damien Fleming pulled them within three points with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Michael Etheridge in the fourth quarter. But Tennessee State prevailed.

Fleming finished with 102 yards rushing and 119 passing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FAMU
TNST
1st Downs2123
Total Yards272401
Passing132263
Rushing140138
Penalties9-7020-178
3rd Down Conversions2-114-14
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers22
Possession25:5634:04

Passing Leaders

Florida A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fleming15/301194.011
Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
German22/322638.211

Rushing Leaders

Florida A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rocker13906.9033
Fleming13524.0017
Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ward281244.4116
Hooks5346.8016

Receiving Leaders

Florida A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harvey6528.7116
Lennon22613.0016
Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson26633.0144
Bowens55511.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFAMUTNST
TD10:19Devin Wilson 22 Yd Pass From Michael German (Jamin Godfrey Kick) 07
THIRD QUARTERFAMUTNST
FG10:58Jamin Godfrey 38 Yd 010
TD04:11Trabis Ward 6 Yd Run (Jamin Godfrey Kick) 017
TD02:51Travis Harvey 13 Yd Pass From Tyler Bass (Branden Holdren Kick) 717
FOURTH QUARTERFAMUTNST
TD09:32Michael Etheridge 8 Yd Pass From Damien Fleming (Chase Varnadore Kick) 1417