Scores

Final

Memphis 10

(3-5, 1-3 American)

East Carolina 30

(4-3, 2-1 American)

12:07 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 7 3 0 010
ECU 0 7 13 1030

Top Performers

Passing: R. Kass (ECU) - 167 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Williams (ECU) - 15 CAR, 108 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Harris (ECU) - 6 REC, 86 YDS, 1 TD

East Carolina 30, Memphis 10

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Rob Kass threw two second-half touchdown passes to lead East Carolina to a 30-10 win over Memphis on Saturday.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pirates (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA). Memphis fell to 3-5 overall, 1-3 in the league.

Kass went 9-of-17 for 167 yards in his first extended action of the season.

East Carolina, which trailed 10-7 at halftime, has outscored its opponents 61-29 this season and outscored Memphis 13-0 to claim a 20-10 lead. Kass, who replaced starter Patrick Pinkney in the first quarter, found Brandon Simmons for a 42-yard touchdown on the Pirates? first second-half series for a 13-10 lead.

A 28-yard scoring pass from Kass to wide receiver Dwayne Harris on the same pass play late in the quarter put East Carolina ahead 20-10. Rob Hartman added a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Norman Whitley added a 12-yard scoring run with five minutes remaining.

The Tigers lost their first two quarterbacks in the first 11 minutes of the game. Junior Arkelton Hall lasted just six plays before suffering a broken right thumb. He was replaced by senior Will Hudgens, who was in on just six plays before he was hit on his right knee by East Carolina cornerback Darryl Reynolds on a three-yard run around the left end and was carried off the field.

That left junior Brett Toney, who hadn?t attempted a pass and played on special teams in his 20 previous games, at quarterback. He completed 11 of 15 for 65 yards.

Curtis Steele ran in from four yards to put the Tigers up 7-0 late in the first quarter. East Carolina tied the game midway through the second quarter on Jonathan Williams? career-long 68 yard touchdown.

Memphis then went on a 16-play, 58-yard scoring drive to close out the half. Vinny Zaccario kicked a 20-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 10-7 halftime lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MEM
ECU
1st Downs1018
Total Yards184381
Passing82201
Rushing102180
Penalties2-203-26
3rd Down Conversions5-167-14
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers12
Possession29:3830:22

Passing Leaders

MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Toney11/15654.300
East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kass9/171679.820

Rushing Leaders

MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Steele14433.1110
Ross6305.008
East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams151087.2168
Whitley15604.0112

Receiving Leaders

MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams4317.8024
Steele3279.0016
East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris68614.3128
Drew35518.3028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMEMECU
TD01:32Curtis Steele 4 Yd Run (Vinny Zaccario Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERMEMECU
TD06:20Jonathan Williams 68 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 77
FG00:11Vinny Zaccario 20 Yd 107
THIRD QUARTERMEMECU
TD08:57Brandon Simmons 42 Yd Pass From Rob Kass (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1013
TD02:51Dwayne Harris 28 Yd Pass From Rob Kass (Ben Hartman Kick) 1020
FOURTH QUARTERMEMECU
FG11:51Ben Hartman 22 Yd 1023
TD04:59Norman Whitley 12 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 1030