- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 15, 2002

HAMPTON, Va. With authority, the Hampton University Pirates showed the Howard Bison who the real HU is.
Behind the rushing of Rian Thompson (116 yards and three touchdowns) and passing of Timothy Frazier (118 yards) the Pirates dealt Howard a 51-2 beating last night in front of 19,021 at Hampton's Armstrong Stadium.
Hampton has won the last six games in the series.
"We had a lot of mistakes in the first half," said Howard coach Ray Petty, whose team committed four turnovers. "We were just not focused at all in the first half."
Things started well for Howard the Bison took possession to start the contest and an efficient passing game by senior quarterback Donald Clark moved the Bison within striking distance early in the first quarter. But the Bison couldn't handle the snap on a field goal attempt inside the Hampton 20, allowing the Pirates to recover at their 25 with 11:25 left in the quarter.
From that point, Howard fell apart.
The Pirates capitalized on the Howard turnover, as they drove 72 yards before Thompson's 1-yard run gave the Pirates an early 7-0 lead with 8:40 left in the period.
After Travis Oliver intercepted a Clark pass, Jerome Mathis increased Hampton's lead to 14-0 with a 14-yard TD run at the 2:56 mark.
Later in the period, the Pirates recorded a safety after punter Vaughn Waters bobbled a Tralan Andrews snap in the end zone. Hampton's defense pounced on the ball for a 16-0 lead with 3:09 left.
The onslaught continued late in the quarter. Frazier found Zuriel Smith for a 57-yard score with 1:43 left. Tellis Bolden's extra point put Hampton in control, 23-0.
Another Hampton score keyed by a blocked punt return by Oliver gave the home team a 30-0 lead.
By halftime, the game was over, as Thompson's 4-yard run combined with Bolden's extra point to increase the lead to 44-0.
Special teams hurt the Bison, as Smith returned a Howard punt 77 yards for a 51-0 lead with 11:13 left in the game.
The Bison finally got on the board in the fourth quarter when Rashad Frazier forced Timothy Frazier to intentionally down the ball in the end zone, giving the Bison two points.
"I wanted to get off to a good start and I thought we improved in every area tonight," said Hampton coach Joe Taylor. "We just came prepared tonight ready to play."
Clark had an inefficient game for Howard, completing 13 of 32 passes for 132 yards before getting replaced at halftime by sophomore Marcos Moreno. Wideout Kevin Simmonds caught six passes for 75 yards but had three dropped passes.
Smith caught four passes for 109 yards and one touchdown. Kerry Dixon ran well, picking up 87 yards on five carries.
The Hampton defense harassed Howard all evening, accumulating seven sacks on Clark and backup Moreno.

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