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August 31, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Tennessee State377017
Georgia State030710
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
TSUTD10:15ROWLAND 4 Yd Run (CLARK kick)
GSUFG04:07Wright 20 Yd
3rd Quarter
TSUTD04:32HARRIS 12 Yd Run (CLARK kick)
4th Quarter
GSUTD11:29Bateman 36 Yd Pass From Winchester (Wright kick)
Stats at a GlanceTSUGSU
1st Downs2114
3rd Down Conversions4-144-11
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Passing (Comp-Att)145 (12-25) 224 (18-23)
Rushing (Att)238 (42) 49 (29)
Total Yards383273
Fumbles Lost03
Tigers Open Season at Georgia State
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Tigers Open Season at Georgia State

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Game 1: Tennessee State (0-0) at Georgia State (0-0)
Date: Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017
Location: Georgia State Stadium
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. ET
Video: ESPN3
Audio: 102.1 FM

The Game: Tennessee State will face off with Georgia State for the first time in program history. This is the second consecutive year TSU will play an opponent from the FBS, after falling at Vanderbilt in 2016, 35-17. TSU will continue to face FBS opponents over the next couple years as they revisit Vanderbilt in 2018 and will travel to Murfreesboro to face Middle Tennessee in 2019. The Big Blue is 0-3 in games versus FBS teams, dropping two games to the Commodores and a contest at Air Force in 2011. This marks the first road game to open a season for the Tigers since 2008. TSU traveled to Normal, Ala. and defeated Alabama A&M 34-13. The Tigers last played in Atlanta, Ga. on Sept. 25, 2010 (Defeated Florida A&M, 29-18).

Head Coach: Rod Reed enters his eighth season at the helm of the Tigers. TSU is 6-1 in season openers under Reed, with the Lone loss coming at the hands of Bethune-Cookman, 12-9, in 2013. During his time at TSU, Reed has compiled a 43-37 record, including a 35-22 mark since 2012. Reed is the third in wins in Tennessee State Football History. John Merritt claimed 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) at TSU, finishing with an .806 winning percentage (174-35-7). Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838).

Tennessee State: After finishing 4-6 in 2015, the Tigers bounced back with a 7-4 mark. Tennessee State defeated Southeast Missouri 32-31 in the 2016 season finale to solidify the fourth non-losing season under Reed. Ronald Butler engineered his third last minute victory by hitting Patrick Smith for a 14 yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining on the clock. Lane Clark kicked two field goals from beyond 40 yards (46, 49), the second a hard line drive into a strong wind. Patrick Smith finished with 11 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers return seven starters on an offense which led the OVC in scoring and was second in total offense. Smith finished the season with 61 receptions for 966 yards and 13 touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Steven Newbold hauled in 41 catches for 784 yards and crossed the end line six times, earning him a spot on the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-American team. Defensively, TSU returns eight starters from 2016, including 15 of the Tigers top 20 tacklers. Linebacker Chris Collins led the defense with 87 tackles and led the OVC with 58 solo tackles. The special teams unit returns all four members: Senior Lane Clark - K/PK, Junior Austin Rowley - P/Holder, Sophomore Thomas Newberg - Long Snapper and Sophomore Chris Rowland - KR/PR. Rowland led the nation in combined return yards as a true freshman in 2016 and joined Newbold on the HERO Sports FCS Freshman All-American squad. 

Georgia State: GSU finished 3-7 in 2016, 2-6 in the Sun Belt. Georgia State brought in a new coaching staff, led by head coach Shawn Elliott who comes to GSU after a stint at South Carolina where he served as the co-offensive coordinator. Travis Trickett (offensive coordinator) and Nate Fuqua (defensive coordinator) join Elliott in their initial seasons. The Panthers return 15 starters, eight on offense and seven on defense. Quarterback Conner Manning led the Sun Belt Conference in passing yards per game (268.4). Manning finished 207-of-373 for 2,684 yards, while tossing 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Kyler Neal returns for his senior season after leading the Panthers in rushing with 314 yards on 75 carries. Michael Shaw is a threat from the outside linebacker position, collecting 76 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks a year ago. Chandon Sullivan and Jerome Smith return in the defensive backfield, as each had three pick-offs in 2016.

Television: ESPN3. Matt Stewart will serve as play-by-play along with Wayne Gandy who will provide analysis.

Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Craig Ladd (Scoreboard) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT.