NC State at East Carolina

East Carolina 33, N.C. State 27, OT


GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Dominique Davis scored on a 1-yard keeper while Damon Magazu intercepted Russell Wilson's final pass to help East Carolina beat North Carolina State 33-27 in overtime Saturday.

Davis threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns for the Pirates (4-2), who survived a thrilling finish with their instate rival in front of a sellout and record home crowd. East Carolina ran out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead only to see the Wolfpack rally to take the lead late in the fourth quarter on a field goal from Josh Czajkowski before staging its own comeback.

Michael Barbour's field goal with 1:04 left sent the game into overtime, where Davis put the Pirates ahead for good by bouncing off a pile of tacklers on a sneak and falling across the goal line.

The Wolfpack (5-2) couldn't answer, with Wilson forcing a pass over the middle to Jarvis Williams that Magazu grabbed at the goal line.

Almost immediately, the East Carolina sideline spilled onto the field to celebrate in front of the roaring home crowd in the newly finished end zone section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

It was quite a finish for the Pirates considering the game appeared to be slipping away only moments earlier. East Carolina committed countless mistakes, from 10 penalties to a pair of costly fumbles that both set up a touchdown for the Wolfpack and ended another drive just as the Pirates were crossing the goal line.

And yet, the Pirates figured out a way to beat N.C. State, a team that had won seven of 10 matchups with the state's four other Bowl Subdivision opponents under coach Tom O'Brien. That included two meetings with the Pirates.

Lance Lewis and Justin Jones had touchdown catches for the Pirates, while Jon Williams had a 5-yard TD run to cap East Carolina's first possession. The Pirates finished with 496 total yards, while their struggling defense hung in against Wilson and the Wolfpack's strong passing game.

Wilson threw for 322 yards and one touchdown to go with a rushing score, but he threw three interceptions and was charged with a fumble on a botched handoff with Mustafa Greene late in the first half.

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Scoring Summary
ECAJonathan Williams 5 yd run (Michael Barbour kick)
ECALance Lewis 11 yd pass from Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour kick)
ECAJustin Jones 3 yd pass from Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour kick)
NCSTT.J. Graham 49 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski kick)
NCSTRussell Wilson 2 yd run (Josh Czajkowski kick)
ECAMichael Barbour 35 yd FG
NCSTDean Haynes 1 yd run (Josh Czajkowski kick)
NCSTJosh Czajkowski 22 yd FG
NCSTJosh Czajkowski 37 yd FG
ECAMichael Barbour 31 yd FG
ECADominique Davis 1 yd run (missed kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2624
Third Down Efficiency5-185-13
Fourth Down Efficiency3-31-1
Plays-Net Yards91-47686-496
Passing Yds322376
Kick Return Yds7199
Punt Return Yds074
Time of Poss.32:3127:29
Individual Stats
NCST: Mustafa Greene 16-75, Russell Wilson 10-37, Dean Haynes 10-36, James Washington 3-6
ECA: Giavanni Ruffin 15-74, Jonathan Williams 11-31, Dominique Davis 5-19, Dwayne Harris 1--1, Team 1--3
NCST: Russell Wilson 26-52-322-3
ECA: Dominique Davis 37-53-376-0
NCST: Owen Spencer 6-98, Jarvis Williams 5-44, Dean Haynes 4-33, George Bryan 3-29, T.J. Graham 2-77, Taylor Gentry 2-17, Quintin Payton 1-12, Darrell Davis 1-5, Mustafa Greene 1-5, Jay Smith 1-2
ECA: Dwayne Harris 9-91, Lance Lewis 8-87, Jonathan Williams 6-44, Michael Bowman 5-93, Giavanni Ruffin 3-14, Andrew Bodenheimer 2-29, Dayon Arrington 2-11, Mike Price 1-4, Justin Jones 1-3
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