East Carolina at Middle Tennessee

East Carolina holds off Middle Tennessee 24-17


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Shane Carden had 365 yards passing and accounted for two touchdowns to help East Carolina edge Middle Tennessee 24-17 in a Conference USA matchup Saturday.

The Pirates (4-1, 2-0 C-USA) scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Carden found Justin Hardy for a 21-yard strike.

The Blue Raiders (3-3, 1-1) got the ball with 5:16 remaining following a missed field goal by Warren Harvey, but Logan Kilgore was intercepted by Damon Magazu on the next play.

East Carolina milked the remaining five minutes on the clock during the ensuing series, driving 42 yards on 11 plays and converting three times on third down.

Carden was 43-for-57 passing and also rushed for a score in the second quarter for the Pirates.

Kilgore was 28-for-37 with 245 yards and two interceptions. He connected with Tavarres Jefferson for a 26-yard touchdown to tie the game late in the third.

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Scoring Summary
ECUVintavious Cooper 1 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
MTSUJeremiah Bryson 1 yd run (Cody Clark kick)
MTSUCody Clark 22 yd FG
ECUShane Carden 1 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUWarren Harvey 25 yd FG
MTSUTavarres Jefferson 26 yd pass from Logan Kilgore (Cody Clark kick)
ECUJustin Hardy 21 yd pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick)
Team Stats
First Downs3320
Third Down Efficiency17-239-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards98-51169-334
Passing Yds365245
Kick Return Yds7139
Punt Return Yds20
Time of Poss.33:1426:46
Individual Stats
ECU: Chris Hairston 18-94, Breon Allen 7-28, Vintavious Cooper 6-25, Shane Carden 7-2, Team 2--3
MTSU: Reggie Whatley 10-55, Jeremiah Bryson 8-19, Jordan Parker 9-18, Austin Grammer 1--1, Logan Kilgore 4--2
ECU: Shane Carden 43-57-365-0, Justin Hardy 0-1-0-0
MTSU: Logan Kilgore 28-37-245-2
ECU: Justin Hardy 8-85, Davon Grayson 7-66, Isaiah Jones 5-36, Danny Webster 5-30, Chris Hairston 4-35, Lance Ray 4-34, Jimmy Williams 3-38, Quataye Smyre 2-13, Vintavious Cooper 2-1, Zico Pasut 1-20, Breon Allen 1-4, Cam Worthy 1-3
MTSU: Kyle Griswould 6-40, Marcus Henry 5-65, Devin Clarke 4-23, Tavarres Jefferson 3-41, Christian Collis 3-21, Jordan Parker 3-15, Jeremiah Bryson 2-11, Terry Pettis 1-17, Jacob Corbaley 1-12
East Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9
Middle Tennessee3rd Conference USA East5-38-5

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