FAMU Rally Falls Short at Hampton

HAMPTON, Va (Sept. 8) - Hampton University snapped the Rattlers' seven-game winning streak as the Pirates handed the Florida A&M Football team a 23-17 loss, here Thursday evening at Armstrong Stadium, broadcasted live on ESPNU.

Hampton took the early lead as David Legree connected with Reginald Hicks for an 18-yard TD, giving the Pirates a 7-0 lead after the Tauren Durham PAT with 10:50 to go in the first. Durham added to Hampton's lead as he connected on a 23-yard field goal, capping a 15-play, 69-yard drive, giving the Pirates a 10-0 lead.

Lavante Page would put the Rattlers on the board as FAMU took advantage of three Pirate penalties, mounting a 14-play, 81 yard drive as he scored on a one-yard run with 5:52 to go in the second quarter, cutting Hampton's lead to 10-7, after the Trevor Scott PAT.

Hampton would cap off a five-play, 92-yard drive as Legree found Hicks streaking down the sideline for a 29-yard TD, giving the Pirates a 17-7 lead with 3:32 to go in the second. FAMU would end the half with a 44-yard field goal by Scott with seven seconds left, making the score 17-10 in favor of the Pirates.

Hampton's Durham connected on two more field goals to give the Pirates a 23-10 lead as he connected on field goals from 34-yards out with 5:30 to go in the third and from 25-yards out with 5:56 to go in the fourth.

A Brian Tyms 69-yard reception and run would set up the Rattlers' final TD of the game as Page scored on a one-yard run with 2:19 left in the game, capping a nine-play 73-yard drive. The drive took just 3:29 off the clock, for the 23-17 final.

FAMU (1-1, 0-1 MEAC) will return to action as they will travel to Tampa, Fla., to take on the University of South Florida on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Raymond James Stadium. Hampton (2-0, 1-0 MEAC) will take on crosstown rival Old Dominion, Saturday at Forman Field.

Purdue transfer Al-Terek McBurse rushed for 33 yards on seven carries in his first game in a Rattler uniform. He also accumulated 117 on kickoff returns.

Austin Tranior finished the game with 109 passing yards, completing 18 passes in 36 attempts with two interceptions, while Brian Tyms led the Rattler receivers with eight catches for 94 yards.

Hampton was paced by Antwon Chisholm as he rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries, while David Legree passed for 268 yards, completing 27 passes in 39 attempts with two TDs.

Seven was a lucky number for both Dyrri McCain and Isiah Thomas as they finished with seven reception each. McCain tallied 98-yards receiving, while Thomas finished with 71.

Demarius Folsom led the Rattler defense as he tallied a game high 14 tackles (8 solos, 6 asst), while Delbert Tyler led the Pirate defense finishing with a team high 11 tackles (3 solos, 8 asst).

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