Scores

Final

Norfolk State 17

(2-5, 1-3 MEAC)

Hampton 35

(5-1, 4-0 MEAC)

1:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, VA

1 2 3 4 T
NORF 0 7 10 017
HAMP 7 14 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: H. Bynes (HAMP) - 264 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Mathis (HAMP) - 14 CAR, 58 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Coker (HAMP) - 3 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Hampton 35, Norfolk St. 17

Associated Press

HAMPTON, Va. -- Hampton used an 80-yard pass from Herb Bynes to ex-Tennessee running back LaMarcus Coker to break open its 35-17 victory over Norfolk State on Saturday.

The third-quarter touchdown came after the Spartans (2-5, 1-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had pulled within 21-14.

The Pirates (5-1, 4-0) wouldn't let Norfolk St., which pulled off a 20-19 upset last season in the 46-year-old series known as the Battle of the Bay, get any closer.

The victory moved Hampton one-half game ahead of idle South Carolina State, and set up a conference showdown with the Bulldogs next week in Orangeburg, S.C.

The Pirates also scored on a 60-yard punt return from Jeremy Gilchrist, who came into the game averaging 18.8 yards per return after leading the nation with 19 yards per return last season, and a 70-yard catch from Florida State transfer Damon McDaniel.

The Spartans needed just three plays on the opening possession of the third quarter to pull within 21-14 on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dennis Brown, who threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, to Jamar Johnson.

But Hampton stretched its lead to 14 points when Bynes, who threw for 264 yards and three scores, avoided a blitz and found Coker.

Down 28-17 in the fourth quarter, the Spartans' hopes ended when Brown was intercepted in the end zone by the Pirates' Rasoul Wilson.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NORF
HAMP
1st Downs1716
Total Yards264379
Passing189264
Rushing75115
Penalties3-1512-101
3rd Down Conversions4-146-13
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers10
Possession31:0128:59

Passing Leaders

Norfolk StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown14/271897.021
HamptonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bynes10/1826414.730

Rushing Leaders

Norfolk StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Branche24662.8014
Brown1350.409
HamptonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mathis14584.119
Coker17492.9017

Receiving Leaders

Norfolk StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Childress56312.6021
Johnson24824.0145
HamptonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coker39331.0180
McDaniel28542.5170

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNORFHAMP
TD00:32Jeremy Gilchrist 60 Yd Punt Return (Carlo Turavani Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNORFHAMP
TD12:56Damon Mcdaniel 70 Yd Pass From Herbert Bynes (Carlo Turavani Kick) 014
TD08:06Kyle Lloyd 23 Yd Pass From Herbert Bynes (Carlo Turavani Kick) 021
TD03:30Dario Walker 17 Yd Pass From Dennis Brown (Justin Castellat Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERNORFHAMP
TD13:03Jamar Johnson 45 Yd Pass From Dennis Brown (Justin Castellat Kick) 1421
TD07:15Lamarcus Coker 80 Yd Pass From Herbert Bynes (Carlo Turavani Kick) 1428
FG04:15Justin Castellat 28 Yd 1728
FOURTH QUARTERNORFHAMP
TD01:05Dennis Mathis 6 Yd Run (Carlo Turavani Kick) 1735