Houston at East Carolina

East Carolina 48, Houston 28


GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Shane Carden threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns to lead East Carolina to a 48-28 victory over Houston on Saturday afternoon.

Vintavious Cooper rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown for the Pirates (6-4, 5-1 Conference USA), who posted their highest point total this season.

The victory makes East Carolina bowl-eligible for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.

Carden's 31 completions and 43 passes are both career highs. He has thrown 16 TD passes against seven interceptions this season. Danny Webster caught six of Carden's passes, three of them for TDs.

The Pirates outgained the Cougars (4-5, 3-2) 245 to 28 yards rushing, which contributed to their nearly 30-minute advantage in time of possession. Houston ran the ball only 11 times.

Houston's David Piland threw 51 passes, completing only 22, including four for touchdowns. He and Carden threw one interception each.

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Scoring Summary
ECUDanny Webster 6 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUDanny Webster 12 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUDanny Webster 9 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUReese Wiggins 8 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
HOULarry McDuffey 10 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUIsaiah Sweeney 34 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 28 yd FG
ECUWarren Harvey 31 yd FG
HOUMark Roberts 5 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
ECUVintavious Cooper 22 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUTy Holmes 28 yd interception return (Warren Harvey kick)
HOUKenneth Farrow 20 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1631
Third Down Efficiency3-1212-20
Fourth Down Efficiency0-21-1
Plays-Net Yards62-36998-550
Passing Yds341305
Kick Return Yds9165
Punt Return Yds049
Time of Poss.15:5244:8
Individual Stats
HOU: Charles Sims 5-33, Kenneth Farrow 1-1, David Piland 4--3, Team 1--3
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 33-140, Reggie Bullock 13-67, Shane Carden 6-30, Jabril Solomon 1-10, Team 1--2
HOU: David Piland 22-51-341-1
ECU: Shane Carden 31-43-305-1, Justin Hardy 0-1-0-0
HOU: Mark Roberts 5-62, Isaiah Sweeney 3-93, Shane Ros 2-62, Deontay Greenberry 2-30, Daniel Spencer 2-21, Charles Sims 2-18, Larry McDuffey 2-14, Ronnie Williams 2-8, Kenneth Farrow 1-20, Xavier Maxwell 1-13
ECU: Danny Webster 6-46, Justin Hardy 5-40, Andrew Bodenheimer 4-34, Vintavious Cooper 4-32, Reese Wiggins 4-30, Derrick Harris 3-65, Justin Jones 2-30, Jabril Solomon 2-30, Reggie Bullock 1--2
Houston1st American Athletic West0-00-0
East Carolina1st American Athletic East0-00-0

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