Scores

Final

East Carolina 34

(4-6, 3-4 C-USA)

Marshall 29

(4-6, 3-4 C-USA)

4:30 PM ET, November 19, 2005

Edwards Stadium, HUNTINGTON, WV

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 17 0 1734
MRSH 13 7 3 629

Top Performers

Passing: J. Skinner (MRSH) - 191 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Bradshaw (MRSH) - 29 CAR, 187 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: H. Moore (MRSH) - 7 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

East Carolina 34, Marshall 29

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Chris Johnson rushed for three touchdowns to lead East Carolina to a 34-29 win over Marshall on Saturday night.

East Carolina (4-6, 3-4 Conference USA) broke a three-game losing streak under first-year coach Skip Holtz.

Marshall (4-6, 3-4) is guaranteed its first losing season since 1983 and won't go to a bowl game for only the second time since rejoining Division I-A in 1997.

James Pinckney directed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives to secure East Carolina's second road win of the season. He found Kevin Roach on a 27-yard pass to set up Dominique Lindsay's 19-yard TD run to put East Carolina ahead 24-23.

The Pirates went 85 yards on their next drive, with Pinckney throwing passes of 19 yards to Roach and 20 yards to Johnson, who scored from 2 yards out with 7:55 left.

Marshall's Chubb Small fumbled the ensuing kickoff out of bounds at the 2-yard line. East Carolina's Kasey Ross then intercepted Jimmy Skinner near midfield with 5:35 left, leading to a Pirates field goal for a 34-23 lead.

Skinner threw an 8-yard TD pass to Hiram Moore with 49 seconds left.

Marshall squandered a career-high effort from Ahmad Bradshaw for the second straight game. Bradshaw finished with 187 yards on 29 carries and scored twice.

Skinner, starting in place of the injured Bernie Morris, moved Marshall effectively in the first half but let two scoring chances slip away after halftime.

Chris Royal returned a punt 42 yards to the East Carolina 18 early in the third quarter, but Marshall settled for a field goal.<

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
MRSH
1st Downs2522
Total Yards464390
Passing219191
Rushing245199
Penalties2-202-30
3rd Down Conversions4-99-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers22
Possession30:3629:24

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Pinkney17/252198.801-
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Skinner26/331915.821-
Devine0/100.000-

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson181065.9316
Lindsay11666.0119
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bradshaw291876.4256
Small3113.704

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allison55611.2021
Roach46115.3027
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bradshaw8516.4017
Moore7537.6126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUMRSH
TD11:16AHMAD BRADSHAW 14 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
06
TD3:27SHAWN LAUZON 20 YD PASS FROM JIMMY SKINNER (IAN O'CONNOR KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 37 yards.
013
SECOND QUARTERECUMRSH
FG14:15ROBERT LEE 26 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yards.
313
TD5:12CHRIS JOHNSON 2 YD RUN (ROBERT LEE KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 47 yards.
1013
TD2:05AHMAD BRADSHAW 8 YD RUN (IAN O'CONNOR KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yards.
1020
TD0:40CHRIS JOHNSON 16 YD RUN (ROBERT LEE KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 73 yards.
1720
THIRD QUARTERECUMRSH
FG11:40IAN O'CONNOR 32 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yards.
1723
FOURTH QUARTERECUMRSH
TD14:13DOMINIQUE LINDSAY 19 YD RUN (ROBERT LEE KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yards.
2423
TD7:55CHRIS JOHNSON 2 YD RUN (ROBERT LEE KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 85 yards.
3123
FG2:18ROBERT LEE 30 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 39 yards.
3423
TD0:49HIRAM MOORE 8 YD PASS FROM JIMMY SKINNER (FAILED 2PT RUSH)
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yards.
3429