By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
The real HU may not have been ultimately determined after Friday, but Hampton can out as the better team in their 37-19 win over Howard in the AT&T Nations Football Classic.
Hampton quarterback David Watford accounted for 337 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pirate offense. Watford threw a first quarter TD and ran for another to give Hampton an early 13-0 lead. Watford added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter that pretty much sealed the game.
The Hampton offense rolled up 460 yards of offense, 181 of it on the ground as Christopher Dukes had 70 yards and a score.
Howard's offense showed some life after two being shutout twice this season, with running back Aquanius Freeman rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bison. It was Howard's first loss in the Nation's Classic after defeating Morehouse four years in a row in the game.
The win was the 550th for the Hampton program and came in their 1000th game.
Hampton (2-1, 1-0 MEAC) heads to Norfolk State next week for the State Farm Battle of the Bay while Howard (0-3, 0-1 MEAC)