The Tennessee State football team entered the Top 25 in a pair of National Polls after a 17-10 victory at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent Georgia State. Dajour Nesbeth intercepted a pass with a minute remaining in the game to give Tennessee State the victory over Georgia State in Atlanta on Thursday, August 31. The Tigers picked up the first collegiate football win in Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field).
The victory was the first as an FCS team over an FBS opponent. TSU defeated Louisville in 1981 and in 1984 as an NCAA DI-A Independent squad. The Tigers transitioned from an NCAA DI-A team to an NCAA DI-AA team in the early 80’s.
The defense stood tall the entire game, holding GSU to 81 yards in the first half. The Tigers kept the pressure on, forcing four turnovers, recording three sacks and stopping GSU on two fourth down attempts.
The Tigers enter the Southern Heritage Classic versus Jackson State in Memphis, Tenn., ranked 23rd in the STATS Top 25 and 24th in the FCS Coaches Poll. The Tigers and Jackson State will kick-off at 6:00 p.m. on September 9.