Lopez throws for 2 TDs, N. Alabama beats Miss. College 34-17

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Christian Lopez threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns to help lead North Alabama past Division II Mississippi College 34-17 on Saturday night.

North Alabama (4-3), in its first year of FCS play, was off to a 3-1 start before falling to Campbell and West Florida in consecutive games.

The Lions jumped out to 21-7 lead and were up 31-14 at the break. Lopez hit Cortez Hall on a 17-yard scoring strike to start the scoring and passed to Dexter Boykin from the 11 for a 21-7 lead with 1:39 left in the first quarter. Terence Humphrey added a 6-yard touchdown run and Chandler Carrera booted a 46-yard field goal for the 17-point halftime advantage. Carrera hit a career-best 47-yarder in the final quarter.

Carrera has made 12 of 13 attempts this season and has connected on 25 of 27 over two seasons.

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Cortez Hall pulled in six passes for 115 yards and one score and Damon Cox rushed for 105 yards for North Alabama.

Detric Hawthorn led Mississippi College (2-4), rushing for 106 yards on 17 carries.

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