WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Jalen Hampton ran for two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Elon erased a 15-point deficit after three quarters to earn a 35-31 win over William & Mary in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both schools Saturday.
Both teams came into the game with 3-0 records.
Darius Wilson threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Tribe took a 28-10 lead into intermission.
Matthew McKay hit Bryson Daughtry from 18 yards out with 5:06 left in the third quarter to pull the Phoenix within two scores, 28-16, but William & Mary answered with a 46-yard field goal by Ethan Chang with 2:53 left to make it 31-16.
Hampton capped a 10-play, 63-yard drive with a 2-yard plunge to make it 31-23 and D.J. Moyer wedged in from the 1 with 4:43 left to make it 31-29, but the Phoenix could not connect on a 2-point pass attempt to tie the score. After Elon forced a three-and-out, it marched 84 yards in seven plays, taking the lead on Hampton's 15-yard run with 1:07 left.
Hampton finished with 145 yards on 28 carries to lead Elon (3-1, 1-0). McKay was 16-of-28 passing for 207 yards and a touchdown and ran 14 times for 85 yards.
Wilson was 17 of 26 for 252 yards passing and three touchdowns with an interception for William & Mary (3-1, 0-1).
More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/mrxhe6f2