Florida Atlantic at East Carolina

Carden leads East Carolina past FAU, 31-13


GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Shane Carden threw two touchdown passes and East Carolina beat Florida Atlantic 31-13 on Thursday night in the Pirates' final Conference USA opener.

Carden was 17 of 25 for 191 yards for East Carolina (2-0, 1-0) against the overmatched Owls (0-2, 0-1). The Pirates are leaving Conference USA after the season for the American Athletic Conference, while the Owls are in their first season in C-USA after bolting from the Sun Belt.

Carden threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Davon Grayson in the first quarter, and connected with Justin Hardy on a 1-yarder in the second. Last week in a 52-38 victory over Old Dominion, Carden set school records with 447 yards and 46 completions and matched the TD mark with five.

Vintavious Cooper had 20 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 49 yards.

Florida Atlantic, coming off a 34-6 loss at Miami in its opener, is 4-25 in its last 29 games.

Greg Hankerson threw a 2-yard scoring pass to William Dukes with 1:03 left, and Mitch Anderson made two field goals for the Owls.

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Scoring Summary
ECUDavon Grayson 18 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
FAUMitch Anderson 44 yd FG
FAUMitch Anderson 46 yd FG
ECUJustin Hardy 1 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 7 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 22 yd FG
ECUChris Hairston 4 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
FAUWilliam Dukes 2 yd pass from Greg Hankerson (Mitch Anderson kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1616
Third Down Efficiency7-185-13
Fourth Down Efficiency1-21-1
Plays-Net Yards74-28264-312
Passing Yds178202
Kick Return Yds65104
Punt Return Yds340
Time of Poss.34:325:57
Individual Stats
FAU: Jonathan Wallace 10-44, Jaquez Johnson 12-39, Martese Jackson 4-8, Greg Hankerson 5-7, Jay Warren 2-7, DJ Juste 1--1
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 20-95, Cory Hunter 3-11, Chris Hairston 5-8, Shane Carden 6--4
FAU: Greg Hankerson 14-26-116-1, Jaquez Johnson 9-14-62-1
ECU: Shane Carden 17-25-191-0, Cody Keith 3-5-11-0
FAU: William Dukes 6-36, Daniel McKinney 5-38, Jonathan Wallace 4-12, Jenson Stoshak 2-63, Jay Warren 2-14, DJ Juste 2-2, Nexon Dorvilus 1-9, Alex Deleon 1-4
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 5-49, Justin Hardy 4-36, Davon Grayson 2-29, Isaiah Jones 2-16, Cory Hunter 2-9, Chris Hairston 1-18, Reese Wiggins 1-16, Cam Worthy 1-15, Lance Ray 1-10, Danny Webster 1-4
Florida Atlantic6th Conference USA East2-63-9
East Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9

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