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North Carolina Central beats Savannah State 35-14

Nov 22, 2009 - 12:06 AM DURHAM, N.C.(AP) -- Michael Johnson threw four touchdown passes and North Carolina Central defeated Savannah State 35-14 on Saturday.

Johnson, who was 15 of 23 for 233 yards, broke a 7-7 tie on a 56-yard pass to Will Scott with 12:17 left in the second quarter.

The Tigers (4-7) pulled within 21-14 before N.C. Central's Tony McCord scored on an 80-yard run with 11:34 left to play.

McCord finished with 98 yards on 10 carries and Tim Shankle had 70 yards on nine carries as the Eagles improved to 4-0-1 against Savannah State (2-8).

Derek Harvey led the Eagles' defense with 15 tackles, including a 1/2 sack.

N.C. Central gained nine yards per play and finished with 416 yards of offense.

The Tigers' Kurvin Curry was 18 of 30 with 173 yards and a passing touchdown, along with 28 yards on eight carries and a rushing touchdown.