The Hornets (6-4, 5-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who have won five of their last six games, led 21-19 early in the fourth quarter.
Elko completed an 83-yard scoring pass to Tarpley to extend the lead, then Dae-Hon Cheung's 6-yard score made it 35-19 with 4:01 remaining.
On the ensuing kickoff, Antwon Chisholm scampered 59 yards, and Travis Champion threw his third TD pass of the day, a 30-yarder to Rashad Riddick, on the next play. After Hampton made the two-point conversion, Delaware State ran out the clock.
Tarpley, whose other TD was a 48-yarder, had five receptions for 171 yards and Nagee Jackson added scoring runs of 1 and 2 yards.
Jeremiah Schwartz rushed 136 yards for the Pirates (2-7, 2-5).
Soon after ESPN 300 quarterback Tate Martell of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman decommitted from Texas A&M via Twitter, Aggies receivers coach Aaron Moorehead tweeted about "loyalty."
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero says he's ready to move on from episode in which his decision to vote incorrectly as a Pac-12 rep led to a public admonishment from the commissioner.
SEC Network's Paul Finebaum reacts to the Ole Miss uproar after ESPN's KC Joyner predicted the Rebels will go 7-5 in 2016.
AP's Ralph Russo joins The Paul Finebaum Show to break down what could happen if the Big 12 extends its conference.
Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson joins Highly Questionable to share the craziest offers he received while being recruited by colleges, as well as recounts why he decommitted from Oklahoma to go to SMU.
With so many departures and holes to fill across the division, no team is in great shape at linebacker.
|North Carolina A&T||7-1||10-2|
|North Carolina Central||7-1||8-3|
|South Carolina State||6-2||7-4|