BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Derius Swinton blocked Grambling State's
point-after attempt in overtime to preserve Hampton's 27-26 victory
in Saturday's season-opening SWAC/MEAC Challenge.
Kevin Beverly scored on a 10-yard pass from TJ Mitchell to open
the overtime scoring for Hampton. Grambling State answered with Tim
Abney's 12-yard scoring pass from Brandon Landers, but Swinton
averted a second OT period with his block.
Hampton had tied the game with Mitchell's 9-yard TD pass to
Onrea Jones with 1:10 left in regulation, a drive that began with
Landers' fumble at Grambling State's 13-yard line.
Grambling moved downfield, but Tim Manuel's 44-yard field goal
attempt as time expired went wide left.
The game featured last year's champions from the Southwestern
Athletic Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Hampton dominated on the ground, running for 203 yards while
limiting Grambling to 30. Van Morgan ran for 82 yards and Alonzo
Coleman gained 72 for Hampton.