Scores

Final

Hampton 31

(1-0, 1-0 MEAC)

Howard 24

(0-1, 0-1 MEAC)

1:00 PM ET, September 8, 2007

William H. Greene Stadium, Washington, DC

1 2 3 4 T
HAMP 7 3 0 2131
HOW 3 0 7 1424

Top Performers

Passing: T. Mitchell (HAMP) - 310 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Whittaker (HOW) - 20 CAR, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Williams (HOW) - 9 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Hampton 31, Howard 24

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- T.J. Mitchell passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns to lead Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference three-time defending champion Hampton to a 31-24 victory over Howard in their season opener Saturday.

Mitchell completed 19 of 36 passes with no interceptions. Kevin Teel had four receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Gilchrist added 93 yards and a touchdown on eight catches for Hampton (1-0, 1-0).

Brian Johnson completed 21 of 37 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns for Howard (0-1, 0-1). He also ran for 79 yards on 14 carries. Jarahn Williams, who missed last season because of injury, had nine receptions for 101 yards in Howard coach Carey Bailey's debut.

With the score tied at 10, Hampton scored twice in a span of 3:22 early in the fourth quarter to take control.

Mitchell completed a screen pass to Van Morgan, who scampered 33 yards for a touchdown and a 17-10 lead with 11:36 remaining.

On the Pirates' next possession, Mitchell connected with Teel, who broke two tackles near midfield on a 78-yard touchdown reception for a 24-10 lead.

Karlos Whittaker, who rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries, scored on a 10-yard touchdown run that pulled Howard to 24-17 with 6:24 left.

Gilchrist's 21-yard touchdown reception from Mitchell gave the Pirates a 31-17 lead with 3:29 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HAMP
HOW
1st Downs1921
Total Yards405405
Passing310244
Rushing95161
Penalties10-597-45
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers10
Possession26:2733:33

Passing Leaders

HamptonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mitchell19/363108.630
HowardC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson21/372446.620

Rushing Leaders

HamptonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beverly11393.510
Morgan11272.500
HowardCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson14795.600
Whittaker20713.610

Receiving Leaders

HamptonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Teel411027.510
Gilchrist89311.610
HowardRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams910111.210
Duncan56112.200

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHAMPHOW
TD09:09Kevin Beverly 7 Yd Run (Carlo Turavani Kick) 70
FG01:18John Mendoza 23 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERHAMPHOW
FG05:13Carlo Turavani 20 Yd 103
THIRD QUARTERHAMPHOW
TD00:09Jarahn Williams 1 Yd Pass From Brian Johnson (John Mendoza Kick) 1010
FOURTH QUARTERHAMPHOW
TD11:36Van Morgan 38 Yd Pass From Tj Mitchell (Carlo Turavani Kick) 1710
TD08:14Kevin Teel 78 Yd Pass From Tj Mitchell (Carlo Turavani Kick) 2410
TD06:24Karlos Whittaker 10 Yd Run (John Mendoza Kick) 2417
TD03:29Jeremy Gilchrist 19 Yd Pass From Tj Mitchell (Carlo Turavani Kick) 3117
TD01:45Arlandus Hood 16 Yd Pass From Brian Johnson (John Mendoza Kick) 3124