GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden ran for two touchdowns and threw for a score to overcome three interceptions, leading the Pirates to a 28-18 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.
Carden, who was 28 of 40 for 258 yards, ran for a 6-yard score in the first quarter and threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Justin Hardy that gave the Pirates (3-2, 2-0 Conference USA) their first lead of the game at 14-10 going into halftime.
East Carolina would lead the rest of the way, as Carden's 8-yard TD trot marked the only score of the third. Vintavious Cooper's 24-yard rushing touchdown put the Pirates up 28-10 with 4:56 to play. Cooper finished with 128 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The Miners (1-4, 0-1) got their late touchdown on Autrey Golden's 96-yard return on the ensuing kickoff. Nathan Jeffery led all rushers with 134 yards for UTEP.
|UTEP||Jordan Leslie 2 yd pass from Nick Lamaison (Steven Valadez kick)|
|ECU||Shane Carden 6 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)|
|UTEP||Steven Valadez 29 yd FG|
|ECU||Justin Hardy 3 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Shane Carden 8 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Vintavious Cooper 24 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)|
|UTEP||Autrey Golden 96 yd kick return (Jordan Leslie 2pt pass from Nick Lamaison)|
|Third Down Efficiency||2-13||7-14|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||171||41|
|Punt Return Yds||0||1|
|Time of Poss.||27:2||32:58|
|UTEP: Nathan Jeffery 27-134, Xay Williams 2-10, Nick Lamaison 5-8, Autrey Golden 1-0, Team 1--1|
|ECU: Vintavious Cooper 23-151, Shane Carden 9-63, Michael Dobson 5-9, Team 2--6|
|UTEP: Nick Lamaison 9-27-143-3, Carson Meger 1-3-8-0|
|ECU: Shane Carden 28-40-258-3|
|UTEP: Michael Edwards 6-130, Malcolm Trail 1-14, Devin Patterson 1-8, Jordan Leslie 1-2, Xay Williams 1--3|
|ECU: Justin Hardy 11-95, Vintavious Cooper 4-52, Derrick Harris 4-33, Reese Wiggins 3-18, Michael Dobson 3-13, Jabril Solomon 2-46, Andrew Bodenheimer 1-1|
|Texas-El Paso||5th Conference USA West||2-6||3-9|
|East Carolina||1st Conference USA East||7-1||8-5|