Last night’s game against Vanderbilt was the third consecutive game in which Tennessee State was the opponent for the nation’s top offense and defense.
Tennessee State quarterback Austin Allen threw for 348 yards, and defensive end Trey Hilliard rushed for 115 yards.
Tennessee Tech quarterback Alex Davis threw for 317 yards, while quarterback Jake Bentley ran for 110 yards.
It was a solid performance from both teams.
The Wildcats and Vandy played without two starters, as the team was forced to travel to Vanderbilt’s campus in Nashville.
Vanderbilt’s offense scored on seven consecutive drives in the first half.
It went 3-for-6 on third down, including two passes for touchdowns.
This was not a great effort by Tennessee State, but it was a sign that the offense was able to keep moving.
Trey Hilliard has had a tough season for Vanderbilt.
He’s had to play in only one game in his career, but he was able a few weeks ago to put up 3.5 yards per carry in a win over East Carolina.
He was not at his best against Vanderbilt in this game, however, finishing with just one carry for 7 yards.
Bentley was just 3-of-5 passing for 39 yards.
This game was also the first time he’s thrown more than 30 passes.
He finished with two completions, one pass for 25 yards, with three more incompletions and a turnover.
A couple of big plays in this first half saw the defense get in on the action, too.
On one play, Tennessee State safety Chris Lee blocked a Vanderbilt quarterback, then the Wildcats scored on a 6-yard run.
Then, a Tennessee State running back was knocked out of bounds, leading to a Tennessee Tech punt return.
Georgia Southern’s defense is one of the nation-leading in scoring defense, so this win was a welcome development.
For the second straight week, Tennessee Tech was able find the end zone.
“It was a big win for us,” Georgia Southern coach Matt Lewis said.
“It’s not the biggest win we’ve had this year, but we know we can win on Saturday.”
This game is the first for Tennessee State since it lost to Georgia Southern in overtime last week.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a loss to Georgia State on Monday night.
Tennessee State was 0-of3 on third downs against Vanderbilt.
Last year, Georgia State scored on all three of its drives, including a 24-yard field goal that gave the Yellow Jackets a 7-7 lead.