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State football: Towson loses to East Carolina, Morgan State routed by Air Force

State football: Towson loses to East Carolina, Morgan State routed by Air Force
East Carolina's Bryce WIlliams is taken down by Towson's Jordan Mynatt at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Greenville, N.C. (Aileen Devlin / Associated Press)

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.

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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 later cut Towson's deficit to 28-20 but after the defense forced a three-and-out, the Tigers offense couldn't convert on a fourth-and-7 from the ECU 16.

Air Force 63, Morgan State 7: Nate Romine threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns and D.J. Johnson added 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground to help lead host Falcons past the Bears in the season opener for both teams.

On Friday, at least 10 Morgan State players were ruled academically ineligible and unable to play after an NCAA review showed shortcomings in mandated academic requirements.

The routine audit took a sampling of student-athletes from 2010 to 2014, and they did not meet the criteria.

Benton Washington added 62 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Falcons, who had 16 players carry the ball for a total of 394 yards.

Garrett Brown finished with 58 receiving yards and had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Air Force led 28-7 at halftime after taking a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

The lone Morgan State score came on a 2-yard touchdown run by Moses Skillon. Skillon finished with 35 rushing yards in addition to 142 passing yards, with one interception.

Air Force has won eight straight home games dating to 2013.

Bowie State 35, Merrimack 32: The visiting Bulldogs (1-0) wrested control of the game late in the third quarter and held off the Warriors (0-1) to win.

Bowie State capped a five-play, 70-yard drive with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Gogans to Nyme Manns with 43 seconds left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs took a 21-17 lead. Earlier, Gogans and Manns connected on a 7-yard pass in the first quarter.

Merrimack scored twice in the fourth quarter and got as close as three points with eight minutes left in the game.

Johns Hopkins 52, Randolph-Macon 17: Jonathan Germano threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for 66 yards and another score to lead the visiting Blue Jays past the Yellow Jackets in the season opener for both teams.

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Hopkins rolled up 621 yards of total offense and wasn't forced to punt until the final minute of the game as it rolled to its 13th season-opening victory in the past 17 years. The win also extended the Blue Jays' regular-season winning streak to 23 games and its September winning streak to 20 games.

Catholic 34, McDaniel 33: The host Green Terror (0-1) led by nine heading into the fourth quarter, where they were outscored 20-10.

Lucas Morley caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from T.J. Tutone with 14 seconds left in the game to secure the win for the Cardinals (1-0). Matty Callahan was 22-for-34 passing for 271 yards, including two touchdowns for McDaniel.

Frostburg State 52, Geneva 21: The visiting Bobcats (1-0) took a 35-0 lead at halftime and rolled over the Golden Tornadoes (0-1).

Friday

Albright 24, Salisbury 23: The visiting Sea Gulls (0-1) saw their 23-3 lead evaporate in the fourth quarter under a three-touchdown onslaught in the fourth quarter by the Lions (1-0).

With 5:28 left in the game, Albright forced a Salisbury punt before driving 46 yards on nine plays for its third straight score to take the lead, 24-23, with 2:29 left.

Stevenson 20, N.C. Wesleyan 9: Making his first career start, Brady Kempa totaled nine tackles and two interceptions to lead the Mustangs (1-0) past the host Battling Bishops (0-1).

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