Dover, DE - Delaware State secured its first winning season since 2007 with a 35-27 victory over Hampton in the Hornets' home finale this afternoon.
DSU won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the MEAC. Hampton fell to 2-7 and 2-5.
Wide receiver Travis Tarpley, playing in his final home game, had five catches for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns for the Hornets. Tarpley had 212 all-purpose yards in the contest to become the school's career leader with 4,515. He had a career-high 83-yard touchdown catch to give the Hornets a 28-19 lead with 12:19 left to play. It was DSU's longest pass play since 1985.
Running back Malcolm Williams had 113 of the Hornets' season high 221 rushing yards in the contest.
Quarterback Nick Elko completed 15 of 25 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while fellow senior Justin Wilson had six receptions for 98 yards for the Hornets.
Defensive back Joe Boyd had a game-high 13 tackles (eight solo) and a force fumble for DSU.
"I'm really proud of the way our seniors led the way today," said Delaware State head coach Kermit Blount, who earned his 100th victory as a collegiate head coach. "We had to battle through some rough spots, but made some key plays when it mattered."
The Hornets close out the 2012 season at Howard next Saturday (Nov. 17). Game time is 1:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C.