WEST GROVE, Pa. (AP) -Playing its first football game in 48 years, Lincoln University beat George Mason 34-7 on Saturday.
Kareem Dennis threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Lincoln Lions (1-0), who last played on Nov. 24, 1960, losing to Howard on Thanksgiving Day.
Lincoln disbanded its program following an 0-7 season in which the Lions were outscored 227-37. Its last victory was a 12-8 win over Howard in November 1959.
The school's board of directors voted to reinstate the program in 2006.
The Lions, who are transitioning to NCAA Division II status, play their home games on a nearby high school field. George Mason's does not play varsity football, it has a club team. Lincoln's remaining nine games will be against varsity opponents.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is the nation's first historically black university and has about 2,000 students. The school is about 50 miles southwest of Philadelphia.
Dennis led a pair of long touchdown drives before halftime, hooking up with Shawn Bethea and Steven Rudd for scores to make it 27-7. Dwight Williams added a 25-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
Dennis, one of only eight players on the Lincoln team who have previous college football experience, threw for 188 yards on 19-for-37 passing.
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