ATLANTA — Cordarrelle Patterson scored two first-quarter touchdowns – one a 41-yard catch, the second a 67-yard run – and Tennessee beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night.
Patterson, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who transferred to from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, played like a star in his Tennessee debut. Patterson had six catches for 93 yards as the Vols won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome.
Tennessee (1-0) scored 16 points on two touchdowns and a safety in a span of 38 seconds late in the first quarter.
Mike Glennon threw four interceptions with one touchdown for N.C. State (0-1).
• A 20-year-old man was taken to an Atlanta hospital after falling almost 35 feet from the upper level during the game.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority said in a statement Friday night that the man fell on another fan seated in the mezzanine area at about 8:30 p.m. The fan who was hit while seated also was taken to the Atlanta hospital.
NO. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 17, NO. 24 BOISE STATE 13
In East Lansing, Mich., Le’Veon Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 8:12 remaining in Michigan State’s victory.
The Spartans turned the ball over four times and trailed 13-10 before Bell scored from 5 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. The Broncos drove to the Michigan State 42, but Joe Southwick’s pass on fourth-and-2 was broken up.
Bell and the Spartans (1-0) then ran off the final 6:32.
Boise State (0-1) was sluggish in its first game after losing standouts Kellen Moore and Doug Martin from last season’s explosive offense. The Broncos’ only touchdown came on Jeremy Ioane’s 43-yard interception return in the second quarter.