By Andrew Ross
The Hornets were able to win consecutive homecoming games by defeating Norfolk State Spartans 14-7. In a very ugly and grind-it-out type of game, it was the defense that made this victory possible.
Not only did the Hornets get their first two interceptions of the season, but they totaled a season-high five turnovers. The defense held the Spartans to only 184 total yards, which is the best the Hornets have done all year.
The Spartans struck first by scoring off a turnover in the second quarter. The first half didn’t show much for the Hornets, but excitement was created when Joe Boyd returned an interception for a touchdown right before halftime. Unfortunately, there was a penalty on the play and it got returned.
The Hornets game-winning drive was very impressive. They ran 18 plays, converted on three third-downs and also converted on two fourth-downs.
DSU QuarterbackCory Murphy was six-of-nine for 58 yards on the drive, and also added the game-winning score on a one-yard run. Murphy was 14-of-25 for 112 yards and three interceptions.
Malik Golson has seven catches for 56 yards. Dae-Hon Cheung added 66 yards on 11 carries.
Ernest Adjei had a career-high 16 tackles. After a rough start, the Hornets are now 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the MEAC.
The Hornets will travel Saturday to play North Carolina A&T.