Scores

Final

Jackson State 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Hampton 17

(1-0, 1-0 home)

2:00 PM ET, August 31, 2008

Armstrong Stadium, HAMPTON, VA

1 2 3 4 T
JKST 7 0 0 613
HAMP 0 3 7 717

Top Performers

Passing: T. Rutland (JKST) - 198 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Mathis (HAMP) - 15 CAR, 47 YDS

Receiving: R. Gray (JKST) - 2 REC, 57 YDS, 1 TD

Hampton 17, Jackson St. 13

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- -Hampton University converted a pair of second half turnovers into touchdowns to rally past Jackson State 17-13 in the SWAC-MEAC Challenge.

Hampton's Jerry Cummings scored on a 1-yard run and Jeremy Gilchrist caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Herbert Bynes to rally the Pirates from a 7-3 halftime deficit in the season opener for both teams.

Carlos Turavani nailed a 43-yard field goal on the final play of the first half for Hampton's other points. Jackson State's Trae Rutland hit Rodney Gray with a 31-yard scoring pass on the Tigers' first possession of the game, but the SWAC team didn't score again until the middle of the fourth quarter when Rashad Smith dove into the endzone with a 10-yard scoring toss from backup quarterback Michael Mosley.

In between, three turnovers in the third quarter destroyed the Tigers. Rutland had a pass intercepted in Hampton's endzone and JSU lost two fumbles in their own territory to give Hampton hope.

Kendrick Ellis set up the Hampton's first touchdown by recovering a fumble at Jackson State's 11-yard line. Cummings slammed in from a yard out three plays later.

Jackson State return man Demario Pippen muffed a punt late in the third quarter that Hampton's Jacobi Fenner fell on at the Tigers 49-yard line. It took Hampton nine plays before Bynes connected with Gilchrist to push Hampton ahead 17-7.

Bynes completed 14 of 23 passes for 151 yards. Dennis Mathis was the Pirates leading rusher with 46 yards on 15 carries.

Rutland was 14 of 23 for 198 yards and touchdown for Jackson State, but got pulled in favor of Mosley after the third quarter errors. Mosley was four of 16 for 50 yards and the Tigers' last touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JKST
HAMP
1st Downs00
Total Yards336227
Passing248151
Rushing8876
Penalties6-489-126
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers32
Possession29:2930:31

Passing Leaders

Jackson StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rutland14/231988.611
HamptonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bynes14/231516.610

Rushing Leaders

Jackson StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rutland9394.300
Mosley7375.300
HamptonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mathis15473.100
Coker16231.400

Receiving Leaders

Jackson StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simpson47518.800
Tillman55911.800
HamptonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown44912.300
Teel34916.300

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJKSTHAMP
TD07:48Rodney Gray 32 Yd Pass From Trae Rutland (Eric Perri Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERJKSTHAMP
FG00:00Carlo Turavani 43 Yd 73
THIRD QUARTERJKSTHAMP
TD05:06Jerry Cummings 1 Yd Run (Carlo Turavani Kick) 710
FOURTH QUARTERJKSTHAMP
TD12:06Jeremy Gilchrist 12 Yd Pass From Herbert Bynes (Carlo Turavani Kick) 717
TD08:06Rashad Smith 10 Yd Pass From Michael Mosley (Pat Blocked) 1317