BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Shane Carden threw for 386 yards and East Carolina pulled out a 42-35 victory over Alabama-Birmingham in a see-saw, Conference USA contest Saturday night.
The lead changed hands four times after the Pirates (5-3, 4-1) drew first blood, with Carden tossing the winning score to Justin Hardy early in the fourth quarter.
East Carolina held leads of 10-0 and 13-7, but fell into a 21-13 hole when Austin Brown found Sam Accursio for a 4-yard passing touchdown midway through the third.
Vintavious Cooper cut the lead to 21-20 with a 1-yard touchdown run, and then Carden hit Cooper for a 30-yard touchdown pass to vault the Pirates ahead.
The Blazers (1-6, 0-3) regained the lead when Brown found Kennard Backman for a 9-yard score, but then yielded consecutive Pirates' touchdowns - including Carden's pass to Hardy - and couldn't overtake the lead again.
Carden finished 23-of-35 passing with two scores.
|ECU||Michael Dobson 2 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Warren Harvey 20 yd FG|
|UAB||Darrin Reaves 1 yd run (Ty Long kick)|
|ECU||Warren Harvey 25 yd FG|
|UAB||Jamarcus Nelson 35 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)|
|UAB||Sam Accursio 4 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)|
|ECU||Vintavious Cooper 1 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)|
|ECU||Vintavious Cooper 30 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)|
|UAB||Kennard Backman 9 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)|
|ECU||Justin Hardy 20 yd pass from Shane Carden (VINTAVIOUS COOPER 2pt run)|
|ECU||Vintavious Cooper 3 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)|
|UAB||Darrin Reaves 9 yd run (Ty Long kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||9-14||5-12|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||2-2|
|Kick Return Yds||67||159|
|Punt Return Yds||4||9|
|Time of Poss.||32:31||27:29|
|ECU: Vintavious Cooper 26-172, Shane Carden 8-35, Michael Dobson 6-11, Team 1--2, Zico Pasut 1--2|
|UAB: Darrin Reaves 21-69, Greg Franklin 3-12, Austin Brown 1-1|
|ECU: Shane Carden 23-35-386-0|
|UAB: Austin Brown 22-37-319-0|
|ECU: Justin Hardy 6-132, Michael Dobson 6-70, Danny Webster 3-42, Andrew Bodenheimer 2-29, Reese Wiggins 2-24, Jabril Solomon 1-53, Vintavious Cooper 1-30, Derrick Harris 1-6, Justin Jones 1-0|
|UAB: Jamarcus Nelson 5-60, Nick Adams 4-114, Jackie Williams 3-50, Darrin Reaves 2-27, Jay Davis 2-18, Sam Accursio 2-17, Kennard Backman 2-17, Greg Franklin 1-11, Patrick Hearn 1-5|
|East Carolina||1st Conference USA East||7-1||8-5|
|UAB||5th Conference USA East||2-6||3-9|