NCAA Game Summary - East Carolina at Tulane|
(Saturday, November 17)
Final Score: East Carolina 28, Tulane 23
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Shane Carden threw for 215 yards and two
touchdowns as he helped guide the East Carolina Pirates to a 28-23 win over
the Tulane Green Wave in a Conference USA bout at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Carden converted 19-of-33 passes, was sacked once and had a pair of attempts
picked off as the Pirates (7-4, 6-1 CUSA) logged their second straight win and
the fourth in the last five outings. Carden also picked up an additional 36
yards and a score on the ground.
Tulane (2-9, 2-5) was paced by Ryan Griffin who hit on 36-of-57 passes for 293
yards and two touchdowns, but his five sacks resulted in a loss of 38 yards
which left the team with just nine net rushing yards on the day. Ryan Grant
caught 10 passes for 94 yards in the squad's third straight loss.
The only points of the first quarter came from the Green Wave as Griffin
capped a six-play, 54-yard drive with a 13-yard scoring pass to Xavier Rush.
Early in the second ECU tied the score at 7-7 with a seven-yard TD pass play
between Carden and Justin Hardy.
Tulane pulled back ahead with just under six minutes remaining in the first
half as Cairo Santos knocked through a 23-yard field goal after a 14-play
On the ensuing possession, Carden took matters into his own hands and crossed
the goal line on a five-yard run to give the lead back to the Pirates at
With time expiring in the half, the Green Wave closed the gap with a 43-yard
field goal by Santos, making the deficit just a single point at the break,
The teams continued to trade scores in the second half, with ECU's Reggie
Bullock landing in the end zone following a five-yard run to give the visitors
an eight-point edge.
Santos struck once more for the hosts late in the third with a 26-yard field
goal to make the difference five points.
In the fourth quarter Carden combined with Andrew Bodenheimer on an 11-yard TD
pass play to again boost the ECU lead, this time to double digits at 28-16.
Tulane had one last gasp as Griffin drove the team 73 yards on 12 plays in
just over three minutes, culminating with a 31-yard TD pass to Wilson Van
Hooser, but by then it was too late as the hosts bowed in the five-point
Tulane, which entered the week ranked 119th in the nation in rushing with a
mere 42.3 ypg, ran the ball a total of 22 times in the outing and finished
with an average of 0.4 yards per attempt.
11/17 19:46:57 ET