Bess, Ruff lead Charleston Southern to 35-21 victory over Tennessee State
Sat, Nov 4, 2023
NCAAF News (AP)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Isaiah Bess threw for two touchdowns, TJ Ruff ran for two, and Charleston Southern defeated Tennessee State 35-21 on Saturday.
The Buccaneers never trailed but Deveon Bryant's 2-yard run for Tennessee State tied the score at 21 midway through the fourth quarter. Charleston Southern then got an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bess to Will Kakavitsas, held on downs at the Tennessee State 25, and wrapped up the win with a 25-yard touchdown run from Ruff with 2:16 to play.
Bess was 9-of-19 passing for 84 yards with the two touchdowns and an interception. Ruff added 78 yards rushing for the Bucs (4-5, 2-2 Big South-OVC).
Bryant and Draylen Ellis combined to complete 18 of 32 passes for 134 yards for the Tigers (6-3, 2-2). Jordan Grant had 81 yards rushing with one touchdown.
Neither team reached 300 yards on offense, with Tennessee State outgaining the Bucs 267-193. The teams combined to go 9-for-31 on third down and Charleston Southern managed only seven first downs for the game.
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