East Carolina at Tulane

East Carolina 28, Tulane 23


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Shane Carden's second touchdown pass of the game, with 4:29 remaining, gave East Carolina some breathing room in a tight 28-23 Conference USA victory over Tulane on Saturday.

The Pirates (7-4, 6-1), who moved into a first-place tie with Tulsa in the league's East Division, trailed the Green Wave (2-9, 2-5) in the second quarter and never led by more than 12 points.

That 28-16 margin came when Carden found Andrew Bodenheimer from 11 yards out to cap a 79-yard drive that consumed 4:41.

Tulane responded with a 31-yard scoring pass from Ryan Griffin to Wilson Van Hooser after a 73-yard drive, but East Carolina ran out the final 1:22.

Griffin completed 36 of 57 passes for 293 yards two touchdowns, with Ryan Grant making 10 of the receptions for 94 yards.

Cairo Santos kicked three field goals for the Green Wave and is 20-for-20 on the season.

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Scoring Summary
TULANEXavier Rush 13 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
ECUJustin Hardy 7 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
TULANECairo Santos 23 yd FG
ECUShane Carden 5 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
TULANECairo Santos 43 yd FG
ECUReggie Bullock 5 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
TULANECairo Santos 26 yd FG
ECUAndrew Bodenheimer 11 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
TULANEWilson Van Hooser 31 yd pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2022
Third Down Efficiency5-148-19
Fourth Down Efficiency1-20-1
Plays-Net Yards70-38779-302
Passing Yds215293
Kick Return Yds10552
Punt Return Yds1726
Time of Poss.27:4932:11
Individual Stats
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 15-87, Reggie Bullock 12-56, Shane Carden 7-36, Team 3--7
TULANE: Dante Butler 2-18, Rob Kelley 8-11, Orleans Darkwa 4-10, Josh Rounds 3-8, Ryan Griffin 5--38
ECU: Shane Carden 19-33-215-2
TULANE: Ryan Griffin 36-57-293-0
ECU: Justin Hardy 5-55, Danny Webster 3-36, Vintavious Cooper 3-29, Derrick Harris 2-18, Justin Jones 2-13, Jabril Solomon 1-29, Reggie Bullock 1-22, Andrew Bodenheimer 1-11, Michael Dobson 1-2
TULANE: Ryan Grant 10-94, Josh Rounds 9-43, Xavier Rush 5-50, Rob Kelley 4-22, Wilson Van Hooser 3-51, Dante Butler 3-21, Marc Edwards 2-12
East Carolina1st American Athletic East0-00-0
Tulane1st American Athletic West0-00-0

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