FRI., SEP. 8, 2017 (7 p.m.)

Delaware State visits MEAC rival Hampton in the conference opener for both teams. The Hornets opened the 2017 season with a 22-3 loss to Delaware on Aug. 31. DSU allowed its lowest point total in the eight-year history of the series, but it was not  enough to keep the Hornets winless against their First State rival. Delaware’s defense held DSU to 59 yards rushing and 224 total yards, in addition to forcing three Hornet turnovers. The Hens held a nearly 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession, holding the ball for 39:50 compared to 20:10 for the Hornets. Delaware was also aided by two second half Delaware State turnovers that put an end to promising drives. The Hornet defense kept Delaware out of the endzone for more than 42 minutes before surrendering third and fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach. After being held to just 12 total yards in its first four possessions, Delaware State began to show some life on offense late in the second quarter to get on the board. The Hornets picked up their initial first down of the game when true freshman quarterback Jack McDaniels completed a 24-yard pass to Fatu Sua-Godinet with 1:50 left in the second quarter. Later in the drive, McDaniels and Sua-Godinet connected on a 42 yard pass to the Delaware nine. On the next play, Brycen Alleyne rushed for eight yards to the Blue Hen 1. The Hornets were stuffed on the next two plays and had to settle for a 24 yard Wisdom Nzidee field goal to cut the UD lead to 8-3 with 21 seconds left before intermission. McDaniels, the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in recent memory for the Hornets, completed 12-of-28 passes for 165 yards. He threw an interception in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. Sua-Godinet had four catches for a career and game-high 93 yards. Alleyne was DSU’s leading rusher with 47 yards on nine carries. Hornet linebacker Malik Harris (sr.) led all players with nine tackles (five solo), including a 10-yard sack, while cornerback Keyjuan Selby (jr.) had eight tackles and an interception. DSU receiver Jordan Hannah (so.) had his first career receptions, catching two passes for 23 yards, including a long of 17 yards. Freshmen receiver Kwannah Kollie had a 20-yard catch, while first-year running back Nyfease West caught one pass for eight yards . DSU punter Fidel Romo-Martinez averaged 41.5 yards on six punts, including a long of 61.

THE SERIES (Hampton leads 29-14) Hampton has won four straight and six of the last seven meetings, including a 27-17 victory at Delaware State in 2016. Quarterback Jaylian Williamson passed for 252 yards and a touchdown and two players rushed for more than 120 yards to lead the Pirates to a 27-17 win over the Hornets at Alumni Stadium last season. Hornet quarterback Daniel Epperson (jr.) completed 18-of-30 passes for a season-high 245 yards and a touchdown, while Mason Rutherford had five receptions for 89 yards and fellow wideout Fatu Sua- Godinent also caught five passes for 84 yards and his first collegiate touchdown. Hampton scored 13 straight points to open up a 27-14 lead in the fourth quarter after DSU tied the score at 14-14 on a late first half touchdown.


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