CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston quarterback Maurice Leak understandably looked a bit rusty after missing most of the last three games with an injury.
Luckily for UC, some timely defense and another ho-hum, 200-plus-yard day from running back Jordan Roberts was more than enough to make up for some general sloppiness.
Roberts ran for 205 yards on 26 carries, including touchdown runs of 61, 1 and 12 yards, as the Golden Eagles bested Seton Hill 30-13 Saturday at University of Charleston Stadium. A healthy homecoming crowd of 3,228 was on hand.
That crowd had to sit through a three-hour contest that was marred by 26 penalties, 299 penalty yards and four turnovers.
Leak threw for just 88 yards and two interceptions on 8 of 17 passing and added 41 yards on 11 carries.
"We came out a little flat to start the game off," Leak said. "The offense came out real flat in my opinion. We had a couple of turnovers but we got the win and that's all that matters.
"It feels great to get back on the field. I'm still not 100 percent, but just to get back and get my feet wet a little bit was a good feeling."
UC struggled early to find any consistency as far as sustaining drives was concerned.
Charleston was able to get an early 46-yard field goal from Puma Nuredini after Roberts returned the opening kick to the Seton Hill 49 and 15 yards was tacked on to end of the play on a facemask penalty.
Roberts' 61-yard scoring scamper later in the first quarter was about the only other early highlight for UC, at least offensively.
The defense rose up several times, including a couple with its back to the wall.
Seton Hill twice drove deep into Charleston territory but got no points after UC blocked a 21-yard field goal attempt and Griffins kicker Josh Cavalier was wide with another.
Still, a win is a win, especially on homecoming, and UC coach Pat Kirkland was focused on the positives afterward.