Turnovers plague Hampton University in nationally televised loss to N.C. Central

The Sports Exchange, staff reports

DURHAM, N.C. -- The momentum Hampton University generated from beating rival Norfolk State on Saturday didn't last long.

Though HU's Jeremiah Schwartz ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, the Pirates lost 37-20 to  co-leader North Carolina Central on Thursday night before an ESPNU audience.

Jordan Reid threw two touchdowns, and Arthur Goforth thwarted a rally with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as the Eagles -- celebrating their homecoming -- ended an eight-game losing streak to HU.

Geovonie Irvine had a touchdown catch and Tazmon Foster returned an interception for a touchdown for the Eagles (5-2, 4-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who have won four straight.

NCCU scored 23 points off four turnovers -- including 20 unanswered points in a span of 6:11 midway through the first half. It was the Eagles' first win over the Pirates (1-5, 1-3) since 1983.

Foster had an 80-yard interception return, and a pair of fumble recoveries led to two more scores - a 1-yard touchdown run from Andre Clarke and a 30-yard touchdown catch by Irvine, which gave the Eagles a 20-3 halftime lead.

After the Pirates responded with 17 unanswered points, Goforth held off the comeback with his electrifying kickoff return, which made it 30-20 with just more than nine minutes left in the fourth. Gary Douglas' 20-yard touchdown catch after an interception sealed the win.

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