Jamarr Robinson rifled a pass to Eddie Poole for a touchdown and Hampton was also called for roughing the passer on the play. The extra point for the Wildcats cut Hampton's lead to 24-21 with 11:28 left on the 10-play drive.
Hampton has 248 yards and Bethune-Cookman has 241 thus far. The Pirates have been better through the air (129-77 yardage advantage) and the Wildcats have the advantage on the ground (164-119). Two turnovers for B-CU have hurt the Wildcats, as have nine penalties for 71 yards. Hampton has six penalties for 35 yards.
Keith Stroud dropped a pass in the end zone from Jamarr Robinson on a nice play fake and pass on second and goal from the eight. B-CU called time out on third and goal. Each team has already burned an early time out in the second half.
An impressive drive for the Wildcats gave B-CU a first and goal at the Hampton 10 with 12:18 left in the third period.
The second half is underway between Hampton and Bethune-Cookman and B-CU is on the move quickly with a drive into Pirate territory on some slick passing from Jamarr Robinson.
And the final from UT-Martin is Skyhawks 48, Racers 26. And it wasn't really even that close.
Murray State failed on another onside kick to give UTM excellent field position again.
With less than seven minutes remaining, Brockman hit a short pass for a TD on a drive fueled by running back Mike Harris (14 carries, 125 yards) to make it 48-26 UTM.
Finally it is halftime in the Hampton-Bethune game with Hampton winning 24-14.
And the flags just keep on flying at Bethune-Cookman. Will the first half ever end?
Tennessee-Martin has over 500 yards, with two 100-yard rushers and a 250-yard passer tonight. Murray State still has major holes on defense and the Racers really won't get better until they address the problem.
David Legree just went 37 yards on the read option for another Hampton TD. It is 24-14 Hampton with less than a minute and a half left in the first half.
Reiterating my point about officiating from earlier, there have already been 11 penalties called in the Hampton-Bethune game. Ouch. We might be here all night at this rate. It was the same thing when I covered the South Carolina State-Morgan State game on a Thursday night last year with this same referee.
UT-Martin converted a third and two to get into scoring position yet again. Murray State's defense just hasn't made the plays tonight.
On fourth and one from the three, UTM added on a field goal to make it 48-19 early in the fourth period.
Can we throw a few less flags in the Hampton-Bethune game? Every time I see this particular referee leading a crew (those who follow the MEAC know who I am talking about), the games are long and there are tons of penalties. I can't help but think it isn't because of undisciplined play, if you get my drift.
Bethune-Cookman had a chance to blow out Hampton and the game seemed to change on that onside kick call.
And after three quarters, Tennessee-Martin leads 45-19. I expect a bunch more points before this one is over, but I can't see Murray State pulling this one out.
Murray State gambled on an onside kick and recovered, but the ball didn't travel 10 yards, leaving Tennessee-Martin in position to add to its lead.
Hampton finally broke through in the red zone against the Bethune-Cookman defense as David Legree dove in from four yards out on the read option for a TD to make it 17-14 Hampton with 3:47 left in the half.
Murray State struck back for a 98-yard kickoff return from Duane Brady to get back on the scoreboard in the final seconds of the third period. It is now UTM 45, MSU 19.
Watching Casey Brockman tonight, I am reminded of a conversation I had several years ago with legendary Delaware coach Tubby Raymond.
He told me that offenses like the ones run by Murray State (and Delaware at the time when Joe Flacco was guiding the Blue Hens) are so dependent on high completion percentages.
You have to keep clicking to avoid long-yardage situations and you also find it difficult going in the red zone. It is why that a good defense can slow down these seemingly high-powered attacks.
Tennessee-Martin's defense has kept the Murray State offense at bay in this one and has kept giving the Skyhawk offense opportunities. Another TD pass has increased UTM's lead to 45-12 in the third period. I'm calling this one a TKO.
Tennessee-Martin came up with a nice pass play to get into scoring position again. And Tevin Barksdale banged in from seven yards out to increase the Skyhawk lead to 38-12. Barksdale suffered a thigh bruise in the first half and wasn't expected to come back, but he showed his toughness by scoring his second touchdown of the night. He had 14 carries for 118 yards after the second TD.