East Carolina at Florida International

ECU pulls away for 34-13 win over FIU


MIAMI (AP) Shane Carden tossed three first-half touchdown passes as East Carolina pulled away for a 34-13 win over FIU on Saturday.

Carden connected with Justin Hardy for a 44-yard score on East Carolina's first drive, putting the Pirates (6-2, 4-1 Conference USA) up 7-0. Later in the half Carden threw touchdown passes on consecutive drives, hooking up with DaQuan Barnes for a 26-yard score and then Vintavious Cooper for a 2-yarder. Carden tallied 264 yards passing.

FIU (1-7, 1-3) cut the lead to 21-13 with a field goal in the third quarter, but in the fourth East Carolina scored on a 35-yard wide receiver pass from Hardy to Isaiah Jones and Cooper ran for a 2-yard touchdown for the final margin. Hardy finished with five catches for 136 yards.

East Carolina reached bowl eligibility for the seventh time in the last eight years with the victory.

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Scoring Summary
ECUJustin Hardy 44 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
FIUAustin Taylor 52 yd FG
ECUDaQuan Barnes 26 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 2 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
FIUSilas Spearman 1 yd run (Austin Taylor kick)
FIUAustin Taylor 31 yd FG
ECUIsaiah Jones 35 yd pass from Justin Hardy (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 2 yd run (missed kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1723
Third Down Efficiency4-116-16
Fourth Down Efficiency1-11-3
Plays-Net Yards55-37376-267
Passing Yds299194
Kick Return Yds6229
Punt Return Yds1724
Time of Poss.19:2340:37
Individual Stats
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 14-48, Shane Carden 3-18, Breon Allen 2-8
FIU: Lamarq Caldwell 10-53, Silas Spearman 17-29, E.J. Hilliard 16--9
ECU: Shane Carden 23-35-264-0, Justin Hardy 1-1-35-0
FIU: E.J. Hilliard 21-33-194-1
ECU: Isaiah Jones 9-92, Justin Hardy 5-136, DaQuan Barnes 3-40, Vintavious Cooper 2-13, Reese Wiggins 2-10, Breon Allen 1-5, Devaris Brunson 1-2, Cedric Thompson 1-1
FIU: Jonnu Smith 10-97, Lamarq Caldwell 3-20, Dominique Rhymes 3-19, Ya'keem Griner 2-8, Clinton Taylor 1-33, T.J. Lowder 1-14, De'Andre Jasper 1-3
East Carolina5th American Athletic East0-32-5
Florida International1st Conference USA East3-13-5

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