DOVER, Del. – Behind a balanced offensive attack and a pair of 100-yard rushers the Hampton University football team defeated Delaware State 27-17 in front of 1,309 rain-soaked fans at Alumni Stadium on Saturday. The teams traded scoring shots on the first three possessions of the game, with two in favor of Hampton. The Pirates took the opening possession 81-yards in eight-plays as Jaylian Williamson connected with Shakim Alonzo for a 28-yard scoring pass. The extra-point attempt was good as Hampton took a 7-0 lead with 10:32 left.
Delaware State responded with a 13-play, 63-yard scoring drive of its own as Mike Waters finished with a two-yard plunge to tie the game 7-all with 6:58 remaining in the opening quarter. Hampton pushed the advantage to 14-7 on the heels of a Yahkee Johnson 48-yard scamper with 4:57 left in the first. That capped a five-play, 76-yard drive in just less than two minutes.
In the second quarter, the scoring excitement came in the last 20 seconds. Delaware State finished off a 99-yard, 12-play drive as Daniel Epperson found Fatu Sua-Godinet with a 23-yard scoring pass with 19 seconds left to tie the game at 14-all.
Hampton caught a break as the ensuing kickoff went out-of-bounds so the Pirates got the ball on their 35. A 24-yard Johnson run and a 23-yard Williamson connection with Ronald Bell got the Pirates to the Delaware State 18 with five seconds left. Following three straight DSU timeouts, Anthony Prevost closed the half with a 35-yard field goal to put Hampton up 17-14. The Pirates got the scoring going again on their first possession of the second half as Brandon Cox capped a five-play, 58-yard drive with a three-yard run to push Hampton’s lead to 24-14.
Field goals were the final scores for each team as Prevost hit a 32-yarder with 5:34 left in the third to give Hampton a 27-14 lead. Wisdom Nzidee finished the scoring with a 29-yarder with 10:22 left in the game for the eventual 27-17 final. Hampton ran for a season-high 285 yards on the game with Eric Carter leading the way with 13 carries for 125 yards, while Johnson had 15 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown. Williamson was a blistering 17-of-22 through the air for 252 yards and one touchdown as the Pirates threw for 266 yards on the day. Rashawn Proctor caught seven passes for 102 yards and Johnson added four receptions for 47 to lead the receiving corps. Hampton had a season-high 551 yards of total offense on the day.
On defense, the Pirates held Delaware State to 298 yards. Owen Obasuyi had eight tackles, a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss to lead the attack. Desmond Sturdivant and Devan Johnson added six stops apiece. Hampton returns to the friendly confines of Armstrong Stadium on October 15 to celebrate Homecoming as they host the Bears of Morgan State for a 2 pm kick.