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East Carolina holds off UConn 41-38 a field goal goes wide

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) East Carolina needed a missed field goal from UConn as time expired to prevent overtime, but the Pirates snapped a seven-game losing streak on Sunday with a 41-38 win over the Huskies.

Pirates quarterback Thomas Sirk, coming off a concussion that caused him to miss last week's loss to Virginia Tech, completed 30 of 39 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns, all to Davon Grayson.

UConn (1-2) drove to the Pirates 15 with six seconds left, but sophomore Michael Tarbutt's kick went wide right on the final play.

''Really stressful there at the end, but that's good,'' said ECU coach Scottie Montgomery. ''You have to get a tough one before you can get an easy one.''

Early on, it looked like it would be very easy for ECU in the conference opener for both teams.

East Carolina (1-3) found the end zone on its first three drives, and put up points the first five times it had the ball.

Sirk, a graduate transfer from Duke, connected with Grayson for 223 yards and scores of 17, 24 and 75 yards. The last strike, on the first play of the second half, gave the Pirates a 34-14 lead. The pair also teamed up on a 46-yard flea-flicker to set up another score.

''I think Sirk's style showed today,'' said Grayson. ''He was loose. He was throwing shots in there. He did not think twice about nothing that he did and I think it showed.''

Each team racked up 596 yards of offense.

The Pirates led 41-21 after a 14-yard touchdown run from Hussein Howe.

But, the Huskies scored the next 17 points, cutting the deficit to three on a screen pass to running back Arkeel Newsome that went for 79 yards and a touchdown with just under six minutes left in the game.

Bryant Shirreffs passed for 406 yards and three TDs for UConn. Newsome caught eight balls for 170 yards and a score, becoming the first running back in program history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving.

UConn got the ball back with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in the game and moved it down the field, converting on a third-and-22 and getting some help from a personal foul on linebacker Cannon Gibbs.

''Everyone did a great job,'' said Tarbutt. ''It came down to me not performing what I needed to perform.''

THE TAKEAWAY

East Carolina: The Pirates last win came last Oct. 29 and it was also was against UConn. The last time the Pirates beat someone other than the Huskies was Sept. 10, 2016, a 33-30 win over North Carolina State.

UConn: The Huskies have not beaten an FBS team since a 20-9 win over Cincinnati last Oct. 9. The Huskies gave up an average of 536 yards in their first two games, including more than 406 yards in the air.

HE SAID IT

Sirk on snapping the losing streak. ''What we've been saying is we needed one to take us to the top and rise from there. I was definitely a way to spark energy for our team moving forward.''

UCONN FRESHMEN:

The Huskies got a glimpse of their future on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Mason Donaldson came in when top receiver Hergy Mayala sprained an ankle on the game's second play. Donaldson's first career catch went for a 45-yard touchdown up the right seam. He added a 12-yard touchdown catch in the third. True Freshman Kevin Mensah ran the ball 16 times for 107 yards.

UP NEXT:

East Carolina: The Pirates host No. 18 South Florida on Saturday.

UConn: The Huskies travel to Texas to take on SMU on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:48
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
38
Touchdown 5:48
4-B.Shirreffs complete to 22-A.Newsome. 22-A.Newsome runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
79
yds
00:19
pos
41
37
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:53
40-M.Tarbutt 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
77
yds
3:52
pos
41
31
Point After TD 8:54
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
28
Touchdown 8:54
22-A.Newsome runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
02:06
pos
41
27
Point After TD 11:00
9-J.Verity extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
21
Touchdown 11:00
28-H.Howe runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
75
yds
01:20
pos
40
21
Point After TD 12:20
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
21
Touchdown 12:20
4-B.Shirreffs complete to 82-M.Donaldson. 82-M.Donaldson runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
02:23
pos
34
20
Point After TD 14:50
9-J.Verity extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
14
Touchdown 14:50
10-T.Sirk complete to 85-D.Grayson. 85-D.Grayson runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
75
yds
00:10
pos
33
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:52
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
14
Touchdown 1:52
11-N.Hopkins runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
15
plays
80
yds
03:59
pos
27
13
Field Goal 5:54
9-J.Verity 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
63
yds
5:38
pos
27
7
Field Goal 13:16
9-J.Verity 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
47
yds
4:08
pos
24
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:46
9-J.Verity extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 3:46
24-D.Scott runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
46
yds
01:58
pos
20
7
Point After TD 5:50
9-J.Verity extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 5:50
10-T.Sirk complete to 85-D.Grayson. 85-D.Grayson runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
03:02
pos
13
7
Point After TD 8:52
40-M.Tarbutt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:52
4-B.Shirreffs complete to 82-M.Donaldson. 82-M.Donaldson runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
80
yds
01:22
pos
7
6
Point After TD 10:14
9-J.Verity extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:14
10-T.Sirk complete to 85-D.Grayson. 85-D.Grayson runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
65
yds
03:50
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 30 27
Rushing 10 9
Passing 19 15
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 8-16 6-13
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 588 592
Total Plays 86 77
Avg Gain 6.8 7.7
Net Yards Rushing 170 190
Rush Attempts 47 38
Avg Rush Yards 3.6 5.0
Net Yards Passing 418 402
Comp. - Att. 30-39 24-39
Yards Per Pass 10.7 10.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-8 1-4
Penalties - Yards 4-40 2--5
Touchdowns 5 5
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 3 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-43.5 5-38.2
Return Yards 20 52
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-10
Kickoffs - Returns 1-20 2-42
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 7/8 6/7
Extra Points 5/5 5/5
Field Goals 2/3 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
East Carolina 1-3 21614041
Connecticut 1-2 7717738
418 PASS YDS 402
170 RUSH YDS 190
588 TOTAL YDS 592
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sirk 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.9% 426 3 0 194.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62% 827 4 4 131.2
T. Sirk 30/39 426 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
H. Howe 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 37 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 108 1
H. Howe 5 37 1 14
D. Scott 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 36 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 96 2
D. Scott 13 36 1 12
T. Sirk 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 72 0
T. Sirk 14 31 0 5
T. Dye 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 124 0
T. Dye 6 22 0 12
D. Pinnix 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 27 1
D. Pinnix 6 18 0 10
T. Brown 88 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
T. Brown 2 16 0 9
D. Grayson 85 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
D. Grayson 1 10 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Grayson 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 223 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 394 4
D. Grayson 11 223 3 75
T. Brown 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 92 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 345 2
T. Brown 9 92 0 15
Q. Johnson 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 60 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 145 0
Q. Johnson 6 60 0 22
H. Howe 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 57 0
H. Howe 3 44 0 23
M. Gray 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
M. Gray 1 7 0 7
S. Baggett 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 46 0
S. Baggett 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Gibbs 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
C. Gibbs 12-3 0.0 0
B. Fulp 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
B. Fulp 7-0 0.0 0
Jo. Williams 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
Jo. Williams 6-1 0.0 0
K. Anderson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
K. Anderson 5-1 0.0 0
K. Wiggins 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 1 0.0
K. Wiggins 5-4 0.0 1
D. Sutton 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Sutton 4-2 0.0 0
A. Turner 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
A. Turner 3-1 1.0 0
K. Futrell 44 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
K. Futrell 3-1 0.0 0
T. Owens 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Owens 3-1 0.0 0
C. Gore 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Gore 2-1 0.0 0
A. Teague 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Teague 2-0 0.0 0
M. Holton Jr. 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Holton Jr. 2-1 0.0 0
J. Price 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
J. Price 1-2 0.0 0
G. Elmore 87 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Elmore 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Verity 9 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 5/5
SEASON FG XP
5/9 11/11
J. Verity 2/3 46 5/5 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Barnes 17 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 43.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 42.1 2
A. Barnes 4 43.5 2 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Love 35 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 20.6 20 0
C. Love 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Shirreffs 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 406 3 1 169.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 757 6 2 167.2
B. Shirreffs 24/39 406 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Mensah 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 107 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 156 1
K. Mensah 16 107 0 29
N. Hopkins 11 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 32 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 196 4
N. Hopkins 7 32 1 16
B. Shirreffs 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 107 0
B. Shirreffs 8 18 0 7
K. Dixon 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 22 0
K. Dixon 2 18 0 11
A. Newsome 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 15 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 32 1
A. Newsome 4 15 1 8
D. Williams 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
D. Williams 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Newsome 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 170 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 255 1
A. Newsome 8 170 1 79
M. Donaldson 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 108 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 108 2
M. Donaldson 6 108 2 45
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 107 0
Q. Skanes 4 47 0 25
A. McLean 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 71 0
A. McLean 1 35 0 35
K. Dixon 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 75 0
K. Dixon 2 26 0 21
T. Beals 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 52 0
T. Beals 1 12 0 12
K. Mensah 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 8 0
K. Mensah 2 8 0 10
T. Myers 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
T. Myers 0 0 0 0
H. Mayala 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 183 3
H. Mayala 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Joseph 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 1.0
J. Joseph 12-2 1.0 0
I. Swenson 44 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
I. Swenson 8-1 0.0 0
T. Bell 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
T. Bell 6-0 0.0 0
C. Britton 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
C. Britton 6-2 0.0 0
F. Fatukasi 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
F. Fatukasi 6-0 0.0 0
V. Diggs 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
V. Diggs 4-2 0.0 0
M. Terry 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Terry 4-0 0.0 0
C. Ormsby 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Ormsby 4-0 0.0 0
J. Summers 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Summers 3-2 0.0 0
L. Carrezola 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
L. Carrezola 3-0 0.0 0
T. Coyle 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
T. Coyle 3-2 0.0 0
E. Hahn 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
E. Hahn 3-2 0.0 0
O. Fortt 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
O. Fortt 3-1 0.0 0
C. Freeborn 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Freeborn 2-1 0.0 0
K. Murphy 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
K. Murphy 1-2 0.0 0
C. Stapleton 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Stapleton 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Tarbutt 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
1/2 8/9
M. Tarbutt 1/2 20 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Graham 81 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 38.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 38.7 2
B. Graham 5 38.2 2 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
Q. Skanes 1 22.0 22 0
J. Swann 30 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 26.9 20 0
J. Swann 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Skanes 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
Q. Skanes 1 10.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:04 ECU 35 3:50 9 65 TD
8:52 ECU 25 3:02 8 75 TD
5:44 UCONN 36 1:58 6 36 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:20 ECU 24 1:58 12 47 FG
11:25 ECU 28 5:31 11 63 FG
1:52 ECU 25 0:34 5 30 Punt
0:29 ECU 15 0:00 1 5 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ECU 25 0:10 1 75 TD
12:20 ECU 25 1:20 4 75 TD
8:54 ECU 25 4:04 9 15 Punt
0:50 ECU 25 0:38 3 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:07 ECU 16 7:55 14 63 FG Miss
5:43 ECU 21 3:01 6 27 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UCONN 25 0:46 3 3 Punt
10:14 UCONN 25 1:22 6 75 TD
5:50 UCONN 25 0:00 1 75 INT
3:46 UCONN 25 1:19 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:08 UCONN 20 1:32 4 34 Punt
5:51 UCONN 25 3:59 15 75 TD
1:13 UCONN 7 0:35 5 44 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:43 UCONN 25 2:23 10 75 TD
11:00 UCONN 25 2:06 7 75 TD
4:39 UCONN 20 3:46 12 77 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:07 UCONN 32 0:00 3 7 Punt
6:07 UCONN 21 0:19 2 79 TD
2:34 UCONN 9 2:28 12 76 Game