Southern Mississippi at East Carolina

Carden, East Carolina blast Southern Miss 55-14


GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Shane Carden threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as East Carolina defeated Southern Miss 55-14 in Conference USA action on Saturday.

Carden, who completed 30 of 37 passes, connected with Justin Hardy on a 1-yard touchdown strike with 10:40 left in the first quarter to open the scoring and ECU (5-2, 3-1) never looked back, racing to a 55-0 lead heading into the game's final frame.

Hardy caught 10 balls for 126 yards. His 21 career touchdown receptions are the second most in ECU history, one shy of the record set by Lance Lewis from 2010-11.

Southern Miss (0-6, 0-2) converted on just 4 of 16 third downs and was limited to 233 total yards. Allan Bridgford and Nick Mullins combined to throw for just 112 yards on 11-of-28 passing. Mullins threw two touchdowns and one interception.

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Scoring Summary
ECUJustin Hardy 1 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUIsaiah Jones 11 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 21 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUShane Carden 1 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 27 yd FG
ECUBryce Williams 5 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUBreon Allen 1 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUChris Hairston 4 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 18 yd FG
USMMarquise Ricard 15 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
USMBruce Johnson 8 yd pass from Nick Mullens (Corey Acosta kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1230
Third Down Efficiency4-1611-17
Fourth Down Efficiency2-31-2
Plays-Net Yards64-23388-476
Passing Yds112354
Kick Return Yds15850
Punt Return Yds0150
Time of Poss.24:2635:34
Individual Stats
USM: Tyre Bracken 7-44, George Payne 11-36, Jalen Richard 10-30, Nick Mullens 5-14, Ed Wilkins 1-6, Allan Bridgford 2--9
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 14-54, Breon Allen 10-44, Chris Hairston 6-32, DaQuan Barnes 1-12, Shane Carden 7-1, Jimmy Booth 1-0, John Barnes-Smith 2--2, Team 1--9, Cody Keith 2--10
USM: Nick Mullens 9-17-97-1, Allan Bridgford 2-11-15-0
ECU: Shane Carden 30-37-308-0, Cody Keith 4-6-46-0, Team 0-1-0-0
USM: James Cox 3-37, Justin Sims 2-30, Jalen Richard 2-7, Marquise Ricard 1-15, Markese Triplett 1-13, Bruce Johnson 1-8, George Payne 1-2
ECU: Justin Hardy 10-126, Isaiah Jones 6-43, Bryce Williams 4-37, DaQuan Barnes 3-47, Cam Worthy 3-38, Lance Ray 3-29, Vintavious Cooper 2-19, Cedric Thompson 1-10, Reese Wiggins 1-3, Jonathon Weymann 1-2
Southern Mississippi3rd Conference USA West4-47-6
East Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9

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