East Carolina at UAB

East Carolina 42, UAB 35


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.

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Scoring Summary
ECUMichael Dobson 2 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 20 yd FG
UABDarrin Reaves 1 yd run (Ty Long kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 25 yd FG
UABJamarcus Nelson 35 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)
UABSam Accursio 4 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 1 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 30 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
UABKennard Backman 9 yd pass from Austin Brown (Ty Long kick)
ECUJustin Hardy 20 yd pass from Shane Carden (VINTAVIOUS COOPER 2pt run)
ECUVintavious Cooper 3 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
UABDarrin Reaves 9 yd run (Ty Long kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2719
Third Down Efficiency9-145-12
Fourth Down Efficiency1-12-2
Plays-Net Yards77-60062-401
Passing Yds386319
Kick Return Yds67159
Punt Return Yds49
Time of Poss.32:3127:29
Individual Stats
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 Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9

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