The interesting thing about this is that last year, there would have been no review on the final play and Hampton would have won. And if this game had not been on television, there would have been no review of the late Hampton first down, or the touchdown play at the end.
As much as everyone might have been on the officials in this game, I think they got the call at the end right. Great win for Bethune-Cookman and a brutally harsh loss for Hampton.
On replay, the ball appeared to come loose on one angle. After a review, it was ruled that the receiver didn't maintain control to the ground and Bethune-Cookman wins 35-31 in a very controversial finish. What a game and what a painful loss for Hampton. It was going to be painful for whoever lost this one.
Legree threw a slant to Isaiah Thomas on the final play for a touchdown, with B-CU coming with a full linebacker blitz. Legree read the defense perfectly to see the field was open in the middle.
Legree was nearly sacked on first down, but escaped to throw the ball through the end zone. Brown then dropped a pass on second down that would have ended the game, if he had caught it. Third and 10 with eight seconds left and the pass at the flag for Hicks goes out of bounds. One more play.
The MEAC official pretty clearly mis-spotted the ball by a yard at the 13, instead of the 12, costing the Pirates about 22 seconds and a time out. The ball was re-spotted at the 12 for a Hampton first down, but the officials didn't change the clock. Oops.
On third and one, with no time outs left from the 12, Hampton is forced to wait for a review that will look at the spot of the ball.
Brown was open in the corner of the end zone, but Legree tried to fire to another receiver and missed out of bounds with 50 seconds left. Brown then caught a pass for nine yards at the 12 that was short of the sideline. Hampton then didn't get a time out from the 42-second mark until burning one with 21 seconds left.
Legree ran for five more yards and completed a pass for a first down to Chisholm with under 1:20 to play at the Hampton 44. Javaris Brown then caught a pass for 35 yards to the B-CU 21 with 1:02 left.
On second down, the Pirates got three yards on a dump pass and Legree was hit by Ryan Davis on third down and threw an incompletion. On fourth down, Legree scrambled for a first down from seven yards behind the line of scrimmage.
After a bobbled kickoff return, Hampton started the drive at the 18 with 2:40 left. Legree had a pass dropped on first down.
The replay confirmed the touchdown, taking a time out away on the missed challenge for the Pirates and Bethune-Cookman kicked the PAT to make it 35-31. Hampton needs a TD with under three minutes to play and one time out left against a tough Bethune-Cookman defense. What a game this has been.
Cameron McGee was the defender who missed a potential interception on Poole's clutch TD catch.
The extra point is on hold as the TD is being reviewed from the booth.
After Scott's 17-yard scamper, Wilson scrambled for four to the 13 and then scrambled to hit Eddie Poole in the back of the end zone on a ball than went through the hands of a Hampton defender. B-CU is back in front 34-31 with the conversion to come after a time out with 2:50 left.
Rodney Scott used another counter to burst free to the Hampton 16.
Rodney Scott picked up 17 yards on a screen pass from Jackie Wilson on first down, but Wilson had a ball batted down on first and 10 from the 37. On second down, Wilson completed a pass to Patrick Harris for 20 yards to the Hampton 43.
Here comes a punt for Hampton and it bounces into the end zone with 4:52 left. B-CU will get the ball with 80 yards to go.
Hampton faced a third and two at the 36 and B-CU's defense came up with a stop with some great LB play.
Fourth and inches for B-CU and Hampton stuffed a screwed-up play. With 6:45 left, the Wildcat defense has to hold the Pirates, who start at the B-CU 44.
If Hampton wins this game, it will be because of turnovers. The Pirates have 17 points off of three Bethune-Cookman turnovers.