NORFOLK, Va. -- Chris Walley threw for three first-half touchdowns and Randy Maynes ran 14 yards for the clinching score with 7:43 remaining to lift Norfolk State to its fifth consecutive victory, 34-24 over Hampton on Saturday.
Maynes' touchdown capped a drive on which Walley fumbled at the Hampton 25 after an 11-yard gain, and Kendall Noble recovered for the Spartans (6-1, 4-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) at the 22.
The Pirates (3-3, 1-2) then drove from their 24 into Norfolk State territory before the Spartans stiffened. A fourth-and-7 pass from the 36 from David Legree to Antwon Chisholm picked up just 6 yards.
Hampton got another chance after Scott Williams intercepted a Walley pass and returned it to Norfolk State's 41. A holding penalty pushed the Pirates back and Legree was intercepted on fourth-and-20.
Walley completed 20 of 35 for 265 yards and an interception, and Maynes had 16 carries for 72 yards.
The first bowl matchup is set, with Western Michigan joining Middle Tennessee in the Bahamas Bowl, a source said.
The Big Ten issued its first batch of postseason honors on Monday night, unveiling its All-Big Ten teams and individual awards on defense and special teams.
USA Today's Dan Wolken joins The Paul Finebaum Show to weigh in on Mark Richt's exit and his possible replacement.
SEC Network analyst and former LSU player Marcus Spears weighs in on the LSU coaching situation.
SEC Inside, the new show on SEC Network Wednesdays this fall, highlights the sights and sounds of SEC football.
Academic Progress Rate will be used to determine which five-win schools will receive bowl invitations and Nebraska leads that list.
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