Vanderbilt paid ETSU $415K for Saturday’s game


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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Power Five victory was not the only thing East Tennessee State earned from Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

Records show that Vanderbilt paid ETSU $415,000 for the matchup, which resulted in a 23–3 Buccaneer victory.

The two universities signed an agreement in 2016 to play two games in Nashville, one in 2019 and the other in 2021.

The Commodores shelled out $390,000 for the 2019 game, which resulted in a 38–0 shutout by Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt also paid for 60 hotel rooms for the Bucs for both the 2019 and 2021 games.

Saturday’s convincing win earned the Bucs a top 25 spot in the latest FCS poll and was the team’s first Power-5 win since defeating N.C. State 29–14 in 1987.

ETSU is one of six FCS teams to upset FBS opponents so far this season.

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The Bucs will host UVA Wise this Saturday for their home opener. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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