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Tribe Football Cruises Past Hampton in Home Opener, 31-7
Updated: Monday 09/07/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Sept. 7, 2013) – The William and Mary football team earned a 31-7 victory against Hampton in its home opener at Zable Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Tribe (1-1) held Hampton (0-2) scoreless for nearly the entire contest before the Pirates found the end zone with less than five minutes remaining. The triumph marked W&M’s fifth home-opening win in the last six seasons and improved the College’s all-time record against HU to 4-0.

W&M outgained Hampton, 383-185, and held the Pirates to just 24 rushing yards while piling up 277 rushing yards of its own. Additionally, the Tribe stopped Hampton on 14 of 17 third down situations.

Sophomore running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor posted a career-high 111 rushing yards on 18 carries with a touchdown, while redshirt freshman running back Kendell Anderson registered 97 rushing yards on 14 carries with a pair of scores.

Defensively, senior safety Jerome Couplin III led the team with eight tackles and posted one of the team’s eight tackles for a loss, while a trio of defensive linemen – Mike Reilly, Stephen Sinnott and Tyler Claytor – all registered sacks.

W&M took an early 3-0 lead with a 29-yard field goal by junior John Carpenter with 6:07 remaining in the opening quarter. The 14-play, 63-yard scoring drive was keyed by a short fourth-down conversion on a run by Abdul-Saboor at Hampton’s 38-yard line.

A 2-yard touchdown run by Anderson, his first career score, capped off the Tribe’s following possession and put W&M ahead, 10-0, late in the first quarter. Highlighting the seven-play, 82-yard drive was a 24-yard run by Anderson and a 17-yard reception by junior wideout Tre McBride.

Hampton had an opportunity to put points on the board in the second quarter following a Tribe fumble in its own territory, but Adam Brown’s 48-yard field goal attempt came up short.

The College increased its lead to 17-0 with 2:07 remaining in the opening half when senior quarterback Michael Graham connected with junior wideout Sean Ballard on a 41-yard touchdown strike.

W&M outgained HU, 232-46, in the opening half and held the Pirates to -5 yards rushing.

The Tribe looked as if would add to its lead shortly after McBride returned the opening kickoff of the second half 78 yards to the Hampton 21-yard line, but Carpenter’s 32-yard field goal attempt missed wide right.

W&M utilized a pair of short fields en route to scoring its final two touchdowns. Abdul-Saboor’s 5-yard touchdown scamper late in the third quarter punctuated a six-play, 29-yard drive that began after a 16-yard punt by Hampton. The Pirates’ following drive stalled when quarterback Jayl Williamson fumbled and senior defensive tackle George Beerhalter recovered the loose ball at HU’s 48-yard line. Eight plays later, Anderson scored his second touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run.

Hampton’s lone scoring drive came on its final possession and covered 90 yards. The 15-play drive included three fourth-down conversions, including a 2-yard touchdown pass from Williamson to Jorrian Washington.

Rayshad Riddick led Hampton with a game-high seven receptions for 49 yards, while linebacker Denzel Heath totaled a game-high 11 tackles.

The Tribe will return to action next weekend when it plays at Lafayette on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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