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Fairmont State running back Khalik Hamlin (13) reaches the endzone ahead of Charleston’s Sam Quinn during a 23-17 loss for the Falcons on Thursday at Duvall-Rosier Field. For a full recap of Thursday’s game, visit timeswv.com.

CHARLESTON — Fairmont State outscored the University of Charleston 36-7 in the second half but couldn't overcome a 32-point halftime deficit on Thursday night during the 2019 season opener at University of Charleston Stadium. As a result, UC survived and moved to 1-0 on the season with a 42-39 victory to open its season.

Fairmont State, who falls to 0-1 on the season, saw its eight-game road winning streak come to an end on Thursday.

The University of Charleston stormed out to a 35-3 halftime lead after scoring on its first four possessions to take control of the game in the opening half. The Golden Eagles outgained the Falcons 371-229 in the first half, including a 282-115 advantage through the air.

Colin Harvath provided the only Fairmont State points in the opening half on a 31-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining in the first quarter.

The script flipped in the second half with Fairmont State scoring on each of its offensive possessions in the final 30 minutes.

Tyree Randolph was the first Fairmont State player to cross the goal line, capping an 8-play, 75-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the third quarter. UC regained its 32-point advantage after a six-play, 91-yard drive at the midway point of the third. Quarterback Brant Grisel connected with Mike Strachan on a 39-yard TD strike.

With UC leading 42-10 with 8:59 remaining in the third, Fairmont State started a stretch of 29-straight points to end the game, starting with an 11-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a 10-yard TD pass from Takwan Crews-Naylor to Andre Hall at the 4:59 mark of the third.

Fairmont State continued to cut into Charleston lead during its first possession of the fourth quarter when Aaron Lewis recovered a fumbled reception in the endzone to make UC's advantage 42-24 at the 10:35 mark. Following the Golden Eagles' first three-and-out of the game on the ensuing possession, Fairmont State regained possession with 8:52 remaining.

With just 1:20 elapsing from the clock, Fairmont State pulled within 11 following an eight-yard TD run by Khalik Hamlin, who finished the game with his eighth-career 100-yard rushing performance on Thursday evening.

UC again went three-and-out on its next possession following a third-straight stop by the Fairmont State defense and the Falcons took over at their own 18-yard line with 4:55 remaining in the fourth. Just over three minutes later, sophomore Timothy Smith crossed the goal line from 10-yards away to pull the Falcons within five prior to a two-point conversion attempt. Crews-Naylor connected with Javon Hayes on the two-point conversion to make the score 42-39 with 1:52 remaining.

On UC's final possession, Fairmont State forced a 3rd-and-10 deep in UC territory, but the Golden Eagles converted with a 30-yard pass from Grisel to Strachan to seal the win for Charleston.

The two teams combined for 1,122 yards of total offense on the evening, with Fairmont State holding a 580-542 advantage. The Falcons outgained UC 211-113 on the ground.

Fairmont State outgained the University of Charleston 351-171 in the second half of play.

Takwan Crews-Naylor completed 27-of-42 pass attempts for a career-high 369 yards and two touchdowns in the setback. Hall was on the receiving end of six passes for 111 yards and a score, while Hayes chipped in six receptions for 98 yards.

Hamlin led the Fairmont State ground attack with 132 yards on 20 carries.

Grisel completed 19-of-27 pass attempts for 367 yards and a trio of touchdowns for the Golden Eagles. Guy Myers also completed both of his pass attempts for 62 yards and a first-half score.

Tyreik Mcallister led the UC rushing attack with 94 yards on 21 carries to go with a pair of touchdowns.

Trevon Shorts led the Fairmont State defense with 13 tackles, including 3.5 for losses. Siddiq Kanneh also chipped in seven tackles for the Falcons on defense. Jordin Brown and Quinard Thomas each recorded eight tackles to lead the UC defense.

Brown also accounted for the only turnover of the game when he forced a fumble in the opening half, which led to the Golden Eagles' fourth TD of the game.

Fairmont State will return to action next Thursday when Wheeling University visits Duvall-Rosier Field in the 2019 home opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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