KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Vols fell in an upset to the Georgia State Panthers 30-38.
The Vols are barely lead the first half in their season opener after a rocky start on Rocky Top.
The Panthers drew first blood after the Vols turned the ball over early in the first quarter.
Georgia State scored not long after, leading the Volunteers 7-0 to start the game.
The Volunteers recovered quickly and QB Jarrett Guarantano made the short pass to Marquez Callaway to tie the game up.
Tennessee wasn’t finished in the first half yet, and Ty Chandler broke free and ran for 31 yards to put the Vols up 14-7.
With three minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Dan Ellington completed a pass to Cornelius McCoy to tie the game just before the half.
After making it down the field again, Vols kicker Brent Cimaglia made the 19-yard field goal to put the Vols up 17-14 at the half.
The Panthers came out of the gate strong on their first possession in the half, and Ellington completed a pass to Aubry Payne to take the lead 21-17.
Cimaglia got the Vols closer to the Panthers with just over 3 minutes left in the third quarter after an impressive 48-yard field goal, making the score 21-20 GA State.
Tennessee’s Deandra Johnson was able to sack QB Dan Ellington and the Vols recovered the fumble in the fourth quarter.
Cimaglia again kept the Vols alive by hitting another field goal, this one 31 yards, and putting the Vols in the lead, 23-21.
The lead changed again when Travis Barnett from GA State went 19 yards for a TD and made the score 27-23.
The Panthers made the extra point and pushed their lead to 28-23.
With just over 7 minutes remaining, Vols QB Jarrett Guarantano was sacked and the Panthers recovered the ball.
Dan Ellington outsmarted the Vols defense and ran for 22 yards to push the Panthers’ lead to 35-23.
The Vols were able to squeeze in one more TD, but not before the Panthers also made a field goal.
The final score was 38-30 in a shocking upset victory for Georgia State.