Hampton outlasts Delaware State

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 1, 2010

DOVER — On one of the rainiest and windiest nights in the capital of Delaware, the Pirates of Hampton University faced off against the Hornets of Delaware State University live on ESPNU on Thursday night at Alumni Stadium in front of a crowd of just under 3,000 fans.

The Pirates, ranked fifth in the latest Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU FCS Coaches Top 10 Poll, used a big fourth quarter to defeat the Hornets 20-14, as they scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten in MEAC play.

Hampton improved its overall record to 3-1 on the season with its third straight win, while the Pirates sit atop of the MEAC with a 3-0 mark. The Hornets dropped to 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.

The Pirates defense was the topic of the entire first half, as they forced three turnovers in that span. The defense, led by Brandon Peguese, was able to keep the Hornets out of the end zone twice, as Delaware State turned the ball over on downs. Hampton was also able to force three 3-and-outs.

The Pirates offense got off to a slow start, as they were only able to convert three first downs and gain just 84 yards of total offense in the first half. The offense was led by freshman running back Antwon Chisholm, who rushed for 30 yards in the first half on just seven carries.

In the second half, the Pirates offense would pick up, gaining 257 yards of offense. Chisholm accounted for 127 of those yards on the ground.

The Pirates would get on the board first with 37 seconds remaining in the third quarter, when quarterback David Legree capped a seven-play, 54-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Pirates up 6-0 after a missed extra point by kicker Rodrigo Hernadndez.

Delaware State would then get into the swing of things when the Hornets called a halfback pass and Darius Jackson connected with Justin Wilson from 23 yards out to put the Hornets on the board and give them a 7-6 lead.

The Pirates would take the next drive 85 yards down the field before Legree connected with receiver Jarvis Brown from 37 yards out to put Hampton back on top 14-7 on a two-point conversion from Legree to Reginald Hicks.

Hampton would score once more when Chisholm broke a run for 57 yards for the Pirates’ final touchdown of the night that placed them ahead 20-7. Delaware State would score once more when Nick Elko completed a pass to Donnell Dixon for 23 yards out.

The Pirates finished the night with 341 yards of total offense, and they were led by Chisholm, who rushed for a season-high 157 yards on just 15 carries.

The defense was led by MEAC sacks and tackles for loss leader Peguese, who finished the night with a team-high 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.0 tackle for a loss of 12 yards.

The Pirates will be back in action on Saturday, October 9, as they travel to Durham, N.C. to take on the Eagles of North Carolina Central University. Game time is set for a 4 p.m. ET kickoff.