East Carolina 24

(3-4, 2-2 American)

Memphis 27

(4-3, 3-2 American)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

3:30 PM ET, October 22, 2005

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 0 10 1424
MEM 10 7 3 727

Top Performers

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 27, East Carolina 24

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- DeAngelo Williams rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Memphis to a 27-24 victory over East Carolina.

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 left.

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.