First quarter

TENNESSEE STATE: Joseph Wylie 59 interception return (Jamin Godfrey kick) at 9:58. KEY PLAY: Dray Joseph’s pass is a little high for receiver Jared Green, who tips it skyward. Wylie scoops it out of the air and brings it down the left sideline for an easy score. Tennessee State 7, Southern 0.

TENNESSEE STATE: Trabis Ward 5 run (kick failed) at 6:01. DRIVE: 7 plays, 61 yards, 2:21. KEY PLAYS: Lee Doss commits a 15-yard penalty on Southern’s previous punt. On a first-and-20, quarterback Jeremy Perry evades heavy pressure and scrambles for 37 yards to the SU 5-yard line. Tennessee State 13, Southern 0.

Second quarter

TENNESSEE STATE: Danté Thomas 4 run (Godfrey kick) at 11:52. DRIVE: 12-80-5:22. KEY PLAYS: TSU quarterback Mike German sneaks for 3 yards on a fourth-and-1 near midfield. Ward rips off gains of 17, 7 and 30 yards. Tennessee State 20, Southern 0.

TENNESSEE STATE: Travis James 6 pass from Jeremy Perry (Godfrey kick) at 2:51. DRIVE: 10-65-4:48. KEY PLAYS: Ward runs free for a 24-yard gain. On a third-and-15, Thomas breaks free for a gain of 18 yards to the SU 20. On the touchdown, Perry rolls left and finds James, who had beaten cornerback Virgil Williams. Tennessee St. 27, Southern 0.

Third quarter

SOUTHERN: Jordan Bilbo 66 pass from J.P. Douglas (Manuel Canto kick) at 8:29. DRIVE: 3-75-:56. KEY PLAY: Douglas, a true freshman, throws a touchdown on his first college pass - a deep out route to Bilbo, a redshirt freshman who makes his first catch behind the defense. Tenn. St. 27, Southern 7.

Fourth quarter

TENNESSEE STATE: Jamin Godfrey 20 field goal at 12:05. DRIVE: 12-67-4:15. KEY PLAYS: Ward rips off back-to-back runs of 15 and 16 yards. Thomas follows with an 11-yard run. On third-and-12, Perry, facing heavy pressure, escapes and throws down the middle to Calvin McNairl for 13 yards. Tennessee State 30, Southern 7.

TENNESSEE STATE: Godfrey 42 field goal at :53. Drive 11-55-5:11. Key plays: Perry throws to Devin Wilson for 18 yards to the SU 28. Perry later finds Wesley Samuels for 15-yard gain on first-and-15. Tennessee State 33, Southern 7.

Final score: Tennessee State 33, Southern

Records: Southern 0-1; Tennessee State 1-0

Attendance: 25,209

Up next: Southern hosts Alabama A&M in its home opener at A.W. Mumford Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tennessee State faces Jackson State at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Southern Heritage Classic.

Perryn Keys