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(Saturday, September 13th)
Final Score: (14) East Carolina 28, Tulane 24
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Jamar Bryant's 24-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter was the difference as 14th-ranked East Carolina slipped past Tulane, 28-24, at the Superdome.
Pat Pinkney completed 22-of-32 passes for 260 yards, two scores and one interception for the Pirates (3-0), who have not opened a season with three straight victories since starting the 1999 season at 5-0.
"It was a great win; you can't take any of them for granted," East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz said. "To go on the road and come off the two emotional football games that we just came off of and to come out here and play the way we did and still get a win in this game, I am as excited as I can be."
Bryant finished with five catches for 59 yards, and Norman Whitley added a TD catch. Brandon Simmons rushed for only 27 yards on nine carries but scored once.
Kevin Moore was 21-of-37 passing for 236 yards, one TD and two picks for the Green Wave (0-2). Andre Anderson picked up 82 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries, and Jeremy Williams recorded game-highs with eight receptions for 138 yards along with a score.
East Carolina began its game-winning drive on its own 20 with 5:46 to play following a Tulane punt.
Pinkney gained 10 yards on the first play from scrimmage, then completed a 27- yard pass to Darryl Freeney on 2nd-and-15 from the 25. Pinkney took the ball again for a 14-yard gain on the next play which put the Pirates into Tulane territory at the 48-yard-line.
The Pirates' nimble quarterback picked up another first down on 3rd-and-1 on a sneak from the Tulane 25, and two plays later found Bryant on a 24-yard completion for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 remaining.
Tulane began its drive at its own 12. After picking up a first down on Moore's 17-yard pass to Anderson facing a 3rd-and-5 from the 17-yard-line, the Green Wave were subdued as Pierre Bell picked off Moore near midfield.
"It's very disheartening to the play the 14th-ranked team and come up that short," said Tulane head coach Bob Toledo. "We have to learn how to win and learn how to put people away and finish games."
Each side tallied in the second quarter.
The ECU defense, led by C.J. Wilson, blocked Ross Thevenot's 47-yard field- goal attempt, and Quentin Cotton managed to scoop up a rolling ball and take it 44 yards for a touchdown.
Tulane countered on Anderson's one-yard plunge with under a minute to go in the quarter, and the score stood at 7-7 at the half.
ECU controlled the ball from the opening kick of the second half and took a 14-7 lead on a three-yard run by Simmons.
Moore's 47-yard connection with Williams on the following series drew the Green Wave even, but a 51-yard catch-and-run from Pinkney to Whitley put ECU back on top by seven.
However, Tulane rumbled downfield on their subsequent drive and forged a 21-21 deadlock when Anderson broke a tackle and fell over the goal line for a one- yard score.
Thevenot booted a 28-yard field goal 1:20 into the fourth quarter to give Tulane a 24-21 advantage. The score was set up when Simmons fumbled and David Skehan recovered at ECU's 31-yard-line.
East Carolina has won eight of the 10 meetings, including a 35-12 home romp last November...The Pirates enjoyed a slight 316-312 edge in total offense...Pinkney had not been intercepted since October 13, 2007 against UTEP...Cotton left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return...ECU heads to NC State next Saturday, and Tulane hosts UL-Monroe.
09/13 22:53:20 ET