HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Ben Hartman kicked a 24-yard field
goal in overtime to lift East Carolina to a 20-17 win over Southern
Mississippi on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (4-4, 2-2 Conference USA) were ahead 17-10
when East Carolina quarterback James Pickney scored on a 1-yard
yard run with 13 seconds to play in regulation. The score tied the
game at 17-all as the clock expired.
The game-winning field goal came after Southern Miss quarterback
Jeremy Young was intercepted in the end zone by Travis Williams on
the first play of overtime. East Carolina (4-4, 3-2) was able to
drive the ball into field goal range and capitalize on the
Both teams had big plays in the game, including the interception
that Eddie Hicks returned 87 yards for a touchdown in the third
quarter, giving the Golden Eagles a 17-10 lead. The interception
return broke a 51-year-old school record and stopped a long Pirate
march toward the end zone.
The teams were tied 10-10 at halftime, thanks in part to a
96-yard kickoff return by East Carolina's Chris Johnson.
Southern's first score came on a 9-yard pass from Young to Ed
Morgan in the second quarter.
The teams also traded field goals with Southern Miss' Darren
McCaleb hitting a 43-yarder and Hartman scoring from 47-yards.