NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Devon Starling had 26 carries for 134 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run, and Tennessee State beat UT-Martin 26-24 on Sunday.
Isaiah Green was 7-of-11 passing for 91 yards and Curtis Sabree scored on a 6-yard run for Tennessee State (2-3, 2-3 Ohio Valley Conference).
Deveon Bryant pulled the handoff on a zone-read play, got a key block from wide receiver Cam Wyche, and raced 32 yards untouched for a score to give the Tigers the lead for good with 2:24 left in the first quarter. On the next play from scrimmage, Kenyon Garlington intercepted a pass to set up a 51-yard field goal by Antonio Zika that made it 17-7 just 27 seconds later and Starling raced up the middle for TSU's longest play from scrimmage of the season before Zika missed the PAT attempt late in the second quarter and the Tigers led 23-7 at halftime.
Zita made a 33-yard field goal to open the second-half scoring.
John Bachus III was 27-of-47 passing for 306 yards and two touchdowns for UTM (2-3, 2-3). The sophomore, who went into the game having thrown 12 interceptions in 16 career game, three a career-high three picks.
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