Jefferson City, Tenn. (WATE) - The Carson-Newman Eagles opened Ken Sparks' 34th season as head coach with an impressive 55-28 win over Wayne State University on Thursday night at Burke-Tarr Stadium in Jefferson City.
The Eagles gained 576 yards on offense, and in typical fashion made most of that on the ground by rushing for 363 yards.
Running back Tyron Douglas rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback De'Andre Thomas threw for 213 yards and tossed three touchdown passes.
Thomas also had touchdown passes of 63 and 40 yards.
The Eagles opened the scoring when Thomas hit receiver Anthony Eubanks on a 34-yard touchdown pass at 11:23 of the first quarter.
Wayne State tied the game 7-7 but regained the lead on their next possession when former Gibbs Eagle Andy Hibbett ran 43 yards for a touchdown to help give CN a 14-7 lead.
Wayne State closed the gap to 21-14 on a 6-yard touchdown pass, but Carson-Newman ran off 27 consecutive points to take a 48-21 lead.
Eien Jacob returned an intercepted pass 25 yards for Carson-Newman's final score of the night.