MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) -Matt Krapfl threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third TD Thursday night to lead Missouri State to a 51-44 victory over Tennessee-Martin of the Football Championship Subdivision.
The Bears (2-0) got points on their first four possessions of each half to spoil the Skyhawks' home opener.
Tennessee-Martin (0-2) actually outgained Missouri State in total offense (542-435), but could never stop the Bears, who scored on nine of their 13 offensive series in all.
Krapfl had a six-yard touchdown run to begin the scoring, and was on one end of a 61-yard TD pass to Tamarkus McElvane later in the first period to help Missouri State to a 17-3 lead. Krapfl hooked up with Eric Davis on a 20-yard touchdown play late in the third quarter.
Bears backup quarterback Cody Kirby capped a 73-yard scoring march with an 11-yard scamper before the second period was half over to give the Bears their second 14-point lead of the first half. He then rambled six yards for Missouri State's final TD with 2:58 left in the game.
The Skyhawks, who trailed 24-13 at halftime, scored 10 points during a 50-second span with less than two minutes to play to draw within the final margin, but could not recover a second onside kick.
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