Former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George hadn’t returned to Nissan Stadium in 18 years, but on Saturday, he got his first win there as the head coach of the Tennessee State Tigers.
Tennessee State University played a complete game and beat Kentucky State 41-7.
TSU senior transfer QB Geremy Hickbottom finished the game with four touchdowns while running back Devon Starling padded the run game with a season-high 144 yards on 23 attempts, averaging 6.2 yards per carry.
“We knew that Geremy would be the guy,” George said. “We just had to get him used to getting the reps in at practice. He had a great week last week. I could sense that he was going to have a breakout game. He was making the right calls, he was making the right decisions, he was throwing the ball with accuracy and certainty and that was exciting to see.”
The Tiger defense held Kentucky State to 132 yards of offense, led by junior LB Jahsun Bryant with 5 tackles.
George celebrated his first win at Tennessee State as his retired No. 27 Titans jersey hung in the rafters.
“Getting that first win feels good as a head coach,” George said. “You can never say I didn’t win, so that feels good.”