ELON, N.C. (AP)Matthew McKay threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Hampton rushed for 204 yards and Elon held off Gardner-Webb 30-24 on Saturday.
Elon led 20-3 early in the second quarter before Gardner-Webb reeled off 21 straight points for a four-point lead at the break. The Phoenix had the only touchdown of the third quarter, a 27-yard connection between McKay and Jordan Bonner, and Skyler Davis added a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth for a 30-24 lead.
Davis also opened the scoring with a 45-yard field goal and he made it 13-3 with a 51-yarder.
Bryson Daughtry had a team-high 88 yards receiving on just three grabs for Elon (2-1). Bonner and DJ Moyer each only made one catch – both going for 20-plus-yard touchdowns.
Bailey Fisher threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns for Gardner-Webb (1-2).
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