MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Derek Carr threw for three touchdowns and Tennessee-Martin overcame a late rally attempt by Tennessee State in a 35-26 win on Saturday.
Tennessee-Martin (8-3, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference) had a 28-6 lead with 2:47 left in the third quarter, but the Tigers had a scoring surge in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns.
Tennessee State cut the lead to 28-26 after Michael German connected with A.C. Leonard on an 18-yard touchdown, threw a 4-yard passing score to Joe Bowens and another 18-yard score to Leonard.
Bowens' last touchdown pass to Leonard occurred with 1:55 left in game. But Tennessee-Martin put the game away, answering with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Quentin Sims.
Carr went 21-of-40 passing for 276 yards and threw one interception.
German threw for 355 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Tigers (8-3, 4-3). Trabis Ward finished with 106 yards rushing.