WASHINGTON (AP) -- T.J. Mitchell passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns to lead Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference three-time defending champion Hampton to a 31-24 victory over Howard in their season opener Saturday.
Mitchell completed 19 of 36 passes with no interceptions. Kevin Teel had four receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Gilchrist added 93 yards and a touchdown on eight catches for Hampton (1-0, 1-0).
Brian Johnson completed 21 of 37 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns for Howard (0-1, 0-1). He also ran for 79 yards on 14 carries. Jarahn Williams, who missed last season because of injury, had nine receptions for 101 yards in Howard coach Carey Bailey's debut.
With the score tied at 10, Hampton scored twice in a span of 3:22 early in the fourth quarter to take control.
Mitchell completed a screen pass to Van Morgan, who scampered 33 yards for a touchdown and a 17-10 lead with 11:36 remaining.
On the Pirates' next possession, Mitchell connected with Teel, who broke two tackles near midfield on a 78-yard touchdown reception for a 24-10 lead.
Karlos Whittaker, who rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries, scored on a 10-yard touchdown run that pulled Howard to 24-17 with 6:24 left.
Gilchrist's 21-yard touchdown reception from Mitchell gave the Pirates a 31-17 lead with 3:29 left.