Tigers Lose Season Opener
Colorado State rolled up 598 yards of offense as the Rams defeated Savannah State 65-13 in the season opener for both teams on September 5. The loss extends SSU’s losing streak to 22 games. The Hughes Stadium crowd of 24,571 saw CSU jump out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter. The lead expanded to 38-0 midway in the second quarter before the Tigers found the scoreboard. With 4:15 left before halftime, Richard Williams galloped 63 yards for a SSU touchdown. John Barron added the extra point. It was the first time SSU scored any points since the 10:04 mark of the third quarter against Howard on November 8, 2014. The Tigers were shut out their final two games last season. CSU added a late score in the second quarter to go into the half with a 45-7 cushion. The Rams led 58-7 after the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, a pair of Barron field goals from 44 and 28 yards make the score 58-13 but CSU scored a late touchdown from 37 yards out with two seconds remaining. Tino Smith threw for 50 yards for the Tigers while Williams ran for 73 yards. Derek Kirkland and Nicholas Carrera each caught two passes for 17 yards. Freshman Isiah Bennett had nine tackles for the Tigers while Salvador Vazquez had a interception. Savannah State, who received a $300,000 payday for the contest, started four freshmen on offense and two on defense.
Albany State Falls To Blazers
Valdosta State led 14-0 at the half and held on the down Albany State 21-13 in the season opener for both schools. The Rams sliced their deficit to 14-6 with just over five minutes left in the third quarter but VSU answered with a touchdown of their own, thanks to a Albany State turnover, early in the fourth quarter. With just under ten minutes left in the game, ASU scored a touchdown but could get no closer. Caleb Edmonds threw for 229 yards and a touchdown for the Rams while Jarvis Smalls ran for 86 yards and a touchdown and Yancey Burns caught five passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The theme of many football programs across the nation last weekend was “Just Got Paid”. In the opening weeks of the college football season, many of the bigger schools pay the smaller schools to come to their place for a large amounts of money. Some of the guarantee games included Cal paying Grambling a reported $1.7 million; Georgia gave Louisiana Monroe 1.2m; Nebraska gave BYU 1m; West Virginia gave Georgia Southern $850,000; Georgia Tech gave Alcorn State $375,000; Rutgers gave Norfolk State $360,000; Colorado State gave Savannah State $300.000; and Clemson gave Wofford $275,000.