MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- DeAngelo Williams did not let
One week after going over the 1,000-yard mark, Williams rushed
for 137 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries as Memphis became
bowl eligible with a 41-24 Conference USA victory over East
In last week's 41-9 victory at Tulane, Williams became just the
third running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000
yards in a season. He ran for a career-high 195 yards.
The Tigers (6-3, 3-2) appeared to suffer a letdown, falling
behind East Carolina, 14-3, just seven minutes into the first
quarter. Damarcus Fox returned a kickoff 94 yards for a
touchdown and Marvin Townes scored on a 15-yard run to give the
Pirates their early lead.
Williams ignited the Tigers with a four-yard TD run wiuth 4:42
remaining in the first period before Memphis grabbed a 17-14
lead on Danny Wimprine's 29-yard TD strike to Maurice Avery with
8:11 left in the half.
East Carolina (1-8, 1-4) tied it on Cam Broadwell's 34-yard
field goal with 1:22 left in the first half, but Memphis took
control in the third quarter as Wimprine threw TD passes of 32
and 27 yards to Darron White.
Wimprine completed 17-of-31 passes for 268 yards and four
touchdowns for the Tigers, who have won three in a row. Memphis
finished with a 509-223 edge in total offense.
James Pinkney completed just 9-of-16 passes for 109 yards for
East Carolina. Townes paced the Pirates on the ground with 62
yards on 20 carries.