DURHAM, N.C. -- Freshman backup quarterback Chauncey Caldwell threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards to help North Carolina Central beat South Carolina State 33-28 on Thursday night in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
NCCU (2-1), the defending MEAC champions, won its 16th consecutive conference game.
NCCU starter Micah Zanders left the game early in the second quarter after taking a hard hit and did not return. Caldwell was also injured in the fourth quarter, but third-stringer Naiil Ramadan had a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jacen Murphy to pull the Eagles within 28-26. Ramadan's two-point conversion attempt was stopped short.
Caldwell returned later in the fourth and NCCU took its first lead of the second half on his 38-yard connection with a wide-open Josh McCoy with 5:24 left. S.C. State's final drive started at its 21 with 2:24 remaining, but the Bulldogs were stopped after four downs.
Dewann Ford threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for two more scores for S.C. State (1-2).
S.C. State scored a touchdown on three straight possessions -- on a three- and two four-play drives -- to take a 21-7 lead. Kendall Cobb caught a pass in the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard TD, Ford scored on a 7-yard sneak and Quan Caldwell made an athletic catch for a 26-yard score.
Anthony Brownt throws another deep ball to Ben Glines for a 40-yard touchdown and a two-score lead.
Tyler Wilkins caught a pass in the corner of the end zone with two seconds left, giving Richmond a 35-27 victory over Saint Francis of Pennsylvania on Thursday night.
Jeff Smith hauls in a 71-yard touchdown pass to extend Boston College's lead to 34-24.
Georgia moved kickoff for Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee to noon because of concern about the impact of Hurricane Florence. Athens could be hit by outer bands of the storm Sunday.
Anthony Brown tosses floater to Tommy Sweeney for a 29-yard touchdown and a Boston College lead.
Chris Reynolds threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns and Charlotte beat Old Dominion 28-25 on Friday night in a Conference USA opener played two days early because of Hurricane Florence.
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