Georgia State was the unlikeliest of candidates to produce one of the signature victories in this college football season’s opening Saturday.
The Panthers never had beaten a Power Five team since launching their program in 2010. The Sun Belt school was coming off a 2-10 season in which it lost its last seven games.
None of that mattered Saturday as Dan Ellington threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score to help 26-point underdog Georgia State shock Tennessee 38-30 and produce one of the biggest stunners in the nearly century-long history of Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee suffered one of the more embarrassing setbacks in its history, the latest blow for a storied program attempting to bounce back from two straight losing seasons.
NO. 24 NEBRASKA 35, SOUTH ALABAMA 21: Two defensive touchdowns and one on special teams bailed out a Nebraska offense that generated only 276 yards, including just 66 in the second half, and never established a ground game against an opponent from the Sun Belt Conference that ranked 101st against the run last season.
The five-touchdown favorite Huskers led only 14-7 at halftime. But the defense had five takeaways, the biggest one Eric Lee Jr.’s 38-yard interception return for a touchdown, and JD Spielman ran back a punt 76 yards to make it a three-touchdown game early in the third quarter.
BOISE STATE 36, FLORIDA STATE 31: Hank Bachmeier tossed a third-quarter TD pass and Robert Mahone had a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth and Boise State rallied from an 18-point deficit to knock off Florida State 36-31 on Saturday.
In a game moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee with an earlier start time due to Hurricane Dorian, Florida State squandered a 31-13 lead and lost its season opener for the third straight time.
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