STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) Victor Gabalis passed for 301 yards and connected with Keylan Johnson for four touchdowns to help Tarleton State beat North Alabama 52-31 on Saturday in a United Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Johnson tied a program record with four receiving touchdowns - covering 13, 64, 55 and 16 yards. His 219 yards receiving rank fifth in program history for a single game.
Tarleton outscored North Alabama 21-3 in the third quarter for a 38-31 lead. The Texans sealed it when DL Robert Rios returned an interception 50 yards with 10:36 remaining in the fourth. It was the converted offensive lineman's first career interception.
Kayvon Britten and Derrel Kelley III each added one rushing touchdown for Tarleton State (2-0).
Noah Walters completed 36-of-63 passes for 342 yards with one interception for North Alabama (1-2). Demarcus Lacey added 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
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