Savannah State believes better days are coming. And if the Tigers ever turn that corner, games like this one will be part of the reason why they got there.
Overmatched from the opening kickoff, the Tigers lost to No. 16 Miami 77-7 on Saturday night, the third lopsided loss Savannah State has dealt with already this season.
It was never a contest, either: The first time Savannah State's defense was on the field and didn't give up a touchdown was about two hours after kickoff, when halftime stopped a Miami drive short of the end zone.
''I know that I can change a program like this,'' first-year Savannah State coach Earnest Wilson said. ''We aspire to be big-time. A game like this helps us judge where we are. The only difference is depth. I know I have to go out and recruit and get some guys like they have.''
Savannah State got $375,000 for taking the trip to Miami, plus another chance to line up against a ranked program.
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