Chris Hairston rushed for 154 yards and four touchdowns, both career highs, to help East Carolina beat Towson, 28-20, in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
A 32-yard field goal by Sam Hurwitz pulled Towson to within one with 10:18 left in the third quarter, but ECU quickly responded with a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to make it 21-13. Hairston ripped off a 25-yard run to start the drive and his 1-yard touchdown run capped it.
Hairston had five touches for 53 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run, during a 10-play, 69-yard series that gave the Pirates a 15-point lead with 12:21 to play.
Connor Frazier's 1-yard touchdown run about 41/2 minutes...