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.
Rucker-Furlow pick-6 lifts Miami (OH) to win
Ja'don Rucker-Furlow comes up with an interception and returns it 28 yards for a touchdown.
Remembering the MIT balloon prank at Harvard-Yale
On November 20, 1982, a balloon emerged from the field at Harvard Stadium with MIT written on it that will go down as one of the best pranks in history.
Rourke finds Buckner for 60-yard TD
Nathan Rourke throws to Jerome Buckner right up the middle of the field as Buckner takes off for the 60-yard Bobcats touchdown.
Newly ranked Utah State takes on Colorado State
No. 23 Utah State is too well-mannered to come out say it.
Every top 25 team's best reason for optimism next season
Even with the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25 still battling for semifinal and New Year's Six bowl positions, it's never too early to look ahead to next season.
AAC commissioner wouldn't mind open discussion to expanded playoff
The AAC's Mike Aresco says strength of schedule continues to put non-Power 5 teams such as UCF at a disadvantage, so maybe it's time to again discuss playoff expansion.