TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Newbold broke four tackles on a weaving, shifting 44-yard pass reception, his diving score helping Tennessee State defeat Florida A&M 24-13 in the Tampa Classic Saturday.
Newbold caught a short pass from Treon Harris at the 44, spun out of a tackle and tight-roped down the left sideline. With five defenders closing in, Newbold juked away from another sure tackle and ran across the field to stiff-arm one defender, break out of an ankle tackle from another and cut upfield to dive into the end zone from the 5 to give Tennessee State (3-0) a 10-6 lead about a minute before the half.
Harris was 14 for 18 for 211 yards and two TDs. Newbold finished with 117 yards on five catches.
Ryan Stanley led Florida A&M (1-2) with 216 yards passing and a touchdown.
Raymond James Stadium was cleared for the game Tuesday after Hurricane Irma grazed the city.
Tennessee State was rocked after the game to learn of the death from leukemia of Hakeem Parker (2014-15).
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Former Alabama assistant coach Billy Napier will be coming back to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
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