Norfolk State's two-point conversion in the final minute fell short and Hampton held on to win its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game yesterday in Norfolk, 28-27.
Hampton (5-2, 2-1) jumped out to a 21-0 lead late in the second quarter, but a five-yard run by Norfolk State (1-5, 0-5) quarterback Maurice Selby with 39 seconds left in the game made it 28-27. Selby's pass on the two-point conversion attempt was incomplete.
The Pirates outgained Norfolk State 421 yards to 309, but were hampered by penalties and turnovers. Hampton was penalized 10 times for 97 yards, and Marcus Grey returned an interception 79 yards for a fourth-quarter Spartans touchdown.
Selby completed 10 of 34 passes but threw for two touchdowns and 204 yards.
Hampton, ranked 22nd in the Division I-AA poll, snapped a two-game losing streak.
N.C. A&T 30, MORGAN ST. 6: Armand Walters raced past Turnell Purkett on a deep post to catch Willie McGirt's pass and wade into the end zone to give Morgan State a 6-0 lead with 12:25 remaining in the first quarter. After that it was all Aggies.