Tennessee Tech took the opening kickoff and went on a 10-play, 75-yard drive for a 7-0 lead on Thaenrat's short run. The Golden Eagles scored 20 unanswered points in the second quarter and led 27-3 at halftime.
Dontez Byrd caught nine passes for 112 yards and one touchdown for Tennessee Tech (4-6, 4-3 Ohio Valley Conference). Birdsong was 14-of-22 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and he had six carries for 77 yards. Nick Madonia made 3 of 4 field goals, with a long of 57.
Lane Clark made three field goals -- of 55, 47 and 25 yards -- for Tennessee State (6-4, 3-3).
The Tigers scored their lone touchdown with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter when Ronald Butler connected with Steven Newbold for 22 yards to pull to 37-16. The Golden Eagles answered on their next drive with Birdsong's 14-yard touchdown run.
Thinking Out Loud's Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy debate the fate of Florida in advance of the Gators' game at Mississippi State.
Thinking Out Loud's Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy discuss what Tennessee needs to do as a program to improve in the future.
Kentucky linebacker Jordan Jones joins Thinking Out Loud to discuss how the Wildcats have changed over the past few years.
Greg McElroy and Joey Galloway give their opinions on Clemson's decision to start quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Saturday, and how it could affect the Tigers going forward.
Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr. speaks with Paul Finebaum about the Wildcats embracing their underdog mentality.
Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said Monday that David Blough will start Saturday at Nebraska regardless of whether Elijah Sindelar plays.
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