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Marshall 45, Hofstra 21

8/30/2003

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Stan Hill overcame five turnovers to
throw for 344 yards and two touchdowns as Marshall beat Division
I-AA Hofstra 45-21 on Saturday.

Earl Charles had two 5-yard touchdown runs in his debut for
Marshall (1-0), which outgained Hofstra 608-241 but couldn't put
the pesky Pride away until the fourth quarter.

Making his third career start -- and his first as the full-time
replacement for Byron Leftwich -- Hill completed 25 of 37 passes,
but also threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles.

Hofstra (0-1) made things interesting late after Hill's final
giveaway. James Glee returned an interception 94 yards to the
Marshall 1-yard line, and third-string quarterback Anton Clarkson's
10-yard touchdown pass to Devale Ellis pulled Hofstra to within
28-21 late in the third quarter.

But Marshall sealed it with scores on its next three
possessions.

Hill scored on an 8-yard run to cap an eight-play, 68-yard
drive; Nick Kelly kicked a 37-yard field goal; and Charles, a
junior college transfer, added his second TD run of the game.

When Hill was clicking, he was brilliant. He had touchdown
passes of 27 and 51 yards, and during one stretch he completed 10
straight throws.

Hill started two games last year after Leftwich injured his
shin.

Darius Watts caught six passes for 122 yards with a touchdown in
the first half, but had just one catch for no yards after halftime.