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HAMPTON, Va. – Virginia Union scored the last 22 points of the game as they defeated Hampton  36-17 on Saturday night.

VUU's Khalid Morris threw four touchdown passes, including three to Charles Hall.vuu panther2014

For Virginia Union, it was the first win over a Division I opponent since the Panthers defeated Grambling State 46-37 in 1991.

"We came into it like it was just another game," Panthers coach Dr. Alvin Parker said. "We never came in with a David and Goliath type of mentality like I guess everybody expected us to. They came out and played their hardest.

"We've got a good, tough group. They're taking coaching well. We came in at halftime and we knew as a staff we had to coach aggressive. That's what we did, and the kids responded."

Hampton's Evan Lomax missed a 35-yard first quarter field goal and Morris hit Hall on an 80-yard TD pass on the following play. Bryan Epps picked off a Deondre Francois pass, setting up Morris' 40-yard TD completion to Tabyus Taylor for a 14-0 Panthers lead.

The Pirates (1-1) rallied in the second quarter, with Francois hitting Jadakis Bonds on a 49-yard TD pass and Francois scoring on a 1-yard run to make it 14-all. Lomax hit a go-ahead 32-yard field goal as time in the first half expired.

Morris' 38-yard TD pass to Hall put the Panthers up 21-17 in the third quarter, then Keenen Evans dropped Shai McKenzie in the end zone for a safety and a 23-17 lead. Jefferson Souza's 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter put it out of reach and Morris hit Hall on a 44-yarder for a 33-17 lead.

Morris was 7 of 21 for 199 yards passing and Hall had three catches for 152 yards. Taylor gained 165 yards on 25 carries.

Virginia Union will open the 2019 home season when the Panthers face Lenoir-Rhyne University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, at Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.


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