Texas-El Paso at East Carolina

East Carolina 28, UTEP 18


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.

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Scoring Summary
UTEPJordan Leslie 2 yd pass from Nick Lamaison (Steven Valadez kick)
ECUShane Carden 6 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
UTEPSteven Valadez 29 yd FG
ECUJustin Hardy 3 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUShane Carden 8 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 24 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
UTEPAutrey Golden 96 yd kick return (Jordan Leslie 2pt pass from Nick Lamaison)
Team Stats
First Downs1725
Third Down Efficiency2-137-14
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-0
Plays-Net Yards66-30279-475
Passing Yds151258
Kick Return Yds17141
Punt Return Yds01
Time of Poss.27:232:58
Individual Stats
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 Paso5th Conference USA West2-64-8
East Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9

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