(3-4, 2-2 American)
(4-3, 3-2 American)
Coverage: CBS Sports Network
3:30 PM ET, October 22, 2005
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
Passing: J. Pinkney (ECU) - 297 YDS, 3 TD
Rushing: D. Williams (MEM) - 39 CAR, 226 YDS, 2 TD
Receiving: A. Allison (ECU) - 10 REC, 108 YDS, 1 TD
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- DeAngelo Williams rushed for 226 yards and
two touchdowns Saturday to lead Memphis to a 27-24 victory over
Williams, who had a career-high 39 rushes in the game, scored on
a pair of 1-yard runs as the Tigers (4-3, 3-2 Conference USA)
snapped East Carolina's two-game winning streak.
The Pirates (3-4, 2-2) had cut the Tigers' lead to 20-17 on
James Pinkney's 6-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson with 10:25
But the Tigers answered with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that
consumed 8:08. Quarterback Maurice Avery's 1-yard sneak capped the
drive and preserved the Memphis victory.
Pinkney hit Phillip Henry with a 2-yard scoring pass with 10
seconds left for the final score.
Pinkney finished 26-of-46 passing for 297 yards, the bulk of the
Pirates' 343 yards of offense. It was his seventh consecutive game
with 200-plus passing yards, tying a school record.
Aundrae Allison caught 10 passes for 108 yards, giving him a
school-record 56 catches this season. He set another mark with his
fifth game 100-yard game of 2005.
Stephen Gostkowski booted a career-long 51-yard field goal to
open the Memphis scoring. The Pirates blocked another Gostkowski
attempt -- from 39 yards -- at the close of the half.
Memphis held a 20-10 lead entering the fourth after the Pirates
scored on a 27-yard field goal by Robert Lee and a 27-yard pass
from Pinkney to Allison.