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Tennessee Tech thwarts Hampton's comeback 41-31

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage Thursday night in Tucker Stadium, posting a season-opening 41-31 non-conference victory over Hampton.

The game saw highly touted Tennessee transfer Da'Rick Rogers make an impact to an already-potent Tennessee Tech offense.

Rogers caught three passes for 75 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown from Tre Lamb with 4.6 seconds left in the first half that gave the Golden Eagles a 31-7 halftime lead.

Rogers joined the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions' program less than a week ago after being dismissed from Tennessee for failing multiple drug tests.

After being outgained 384-80 in the first half, Hampton bought itself a chance with great third-quarter work in the kicking game. Jorrian Washington returned the second half's opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and Taurean Durham kicked a 40-yard field goal at the 8:45 mark to make it 31-17.

The Pirates drew within 31-24 on Jeremiah Schwartz's 1-yard plunge with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter. That score came three plays after the Golden Eagles' Zack Ziegler couldn't corral Jordan Stovall's towering 45-yard punt, fumbling it to Washington at the 5.

But Tennessee Tech promptly ripped off a 76-yard touchdown drive -- its fifth scoring march of 75 yards or more -- to take a 38-24 advantage on Page's 9-yard pass to Ziegler.

Zach Sharp tacked on a 25-yard field goal with 9:26 left to push the lead back to 17 points.

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