GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Shane Carden tossed five touchdowns and threw for 308 yards as East Carolina trounced Memphis 41-7 Saturday in Conference USA action.
Despite posting minus-9 yards rushing in the first half, East Carolina (4-3, 3-1) outgained Memphis (1-5, 1-1) 236-105 before the break as the Pirates built a 17-0 advantage. Shane Carden was 16 of 21 for 245 yards with two passing scores in the half.
Justin Hardy was Carden's favorite target, pulling in five passes for 126 yards and a score in the first half. Hardy caught just one ball in the second half - an 11-yard touchdown.
Carden's other first-half score went to Justin Jones for 39 yards. That duo would hook up twice more in the second half, as Jones reeled in scoring catches of 14 and 4 yards.
Marcus Rucker caught seven passes for 88 yards for Memphis, which has lost seven straight to East Carolina.
|ECU||Justin Hardy 67 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Justin Jones 39 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Warren Harvey 37 yd FG|
|ECU||Warren Harvey 45 yd FG|
|ECU||Justin Hardy 11 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Justin Jones 14 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Justin Jones 4 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)|
|MEMP||Jai Steib 3 yd run (Tyler Spurlock kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||4-16||7-14|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||3-3||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||99||19|
|Punt Return Yds||16||47|
|Time of Poss.||33:41||26:19|
|MEMP: Jai Steib 13-38, Carl Harris 6-37, Eric Mathews 6-25, Brandon Hayes 8-14, Jaquise Cook 2-9, Tevin Jones 2-1, Jacob Karam 6--9|
|ECU: Vintavious Cooper 16-96, Brad Wornick 1-4, Michael Dobson 4-1, Hunter Furr 2-0, Shane Carden 9--40|
|MEMP: Jacob Karam 14-23-153-0, Eric Mathews 2-3-13-0|
|ECU: Shane Carden 25-33-308-0|
|MEMP: Marcus Rucker 7-88, Keiwone Malone 4-29, Jai Steib 1-21, Jesse Milleson 1-12, Reggie Travis 1-11, Alan Cross 1-3, Carl Harris 1-2|
|ECU: Justin Hardy 6-137, Justin Jones 5-80, Reese Wiggins 3-20, Danny Webster 3-15, Derrick Harris 2-15, Andrew Bodenheimer 2-8, Jabril Solomon 1-11, Michael Dobson 1-9, Antonio Cannon 1-7, Lance Ray 1-6|
|Memphis||9th American Athletic||1-7||3-9|
|East Carolina||2nd Conference USA East||6-2||9-3|