NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ John Quinerly rushed for 126 yards and one score, and the Norfolk State defense held in the final minutes Saturday as the Spartans beat Delaware State 27-23 in the 49th annual Fish Bowl.

Robert Morris hit Reggie Bureau with a 6-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter to put the Spartans (4-1) ahead 27-23. Late in the game, Quinerly fumbled the ball at the Norfolk State 30.

Delaware State (1-3) drove the ball to the Spartan 9 before penalties and the Spartan defense forced the Hornets to give up the ball on downs at the Spartan 36 with 3:12 left.

Morris was 11 of 20 for 164 yards, two TDs and one interception. In the second quarter, Morris hooked up with Marty Conner on a 42-yard TD pass.

Hornet quarterbacks threw three interception, one of which was returned 45 yards by Robert Weaver for a score.

Bryan Jenkins led the Hornets with 185 yards and one score on 32 carries. Damon Daniels caught a 71-yard TD pass from Rasha Matthews. The Hornets had 102 yards passing.