Scores

Final

Marshall 10

(1-6, 0-3 C-USA)

East Carolina 37

(5-2, 4-0 American)

4:15 PM ET, October 23, 2010

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 3 7 0 010
ECU 7 13 10 737

Top Performers

Passing: D. Davis (ECU) - 208 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Williams (ECU) - 10 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Lewis (ECU) - 6 REC, 55 YDS, 1 TD

East Carolina 37, Marshall 10

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Jon Williams ran for 111 yards and a touchdown to help East Carolina stay perfect in Conference USA by beating Marshall 37-10 on Saturday.

Dominique Davis threw for 208 yards and two scores for the Pirates (5-2, 4-0), who are off to their best start in league play since going 5-0 in 2001. The two-time defending league champions have won 10 straight against C-USA opponents, including last season's win against Houston in the title game.

East Carolina has also won three straight overall since consecutive road losses to Atlantic Coast Conference teams Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

East Carolina shook off a sluggish start by scoring twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the first half to take a 20-10 halftime lead. The Pirates then scored on their first three drives of the second half to blow the game open against the struggling Thundering Herd (1-6, 0-3).

East Carolina was coming off an overtime win against instate rival North Carolina State, a game that drew a sellout and record crowd to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. But that energy didn't carry over, with the Pirates coming out flat and finding their normally prolific spread passing attack struggling for yardage early.

In fact, Marshall had outgained East Carolina (186-167) in total yardage in the first half while Davis -- who came in as the league's top passer at nearly 315 yards per game -- threw for just 92 yards. But Williams' powerful 29-yard burst up the middle for a touchdown put East Carolina ahead 17-10 with 2:14 left in the half, a margin that would only grow.

First Davis capped the opening drive of the second half by scampering around the left side untouched for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 27-10. Then, after the second drive ended with a field goal, Williams cracked the 100-yard mark by barreling over would-be tacklers for another bruising run of 21 yards to set up Davis' 10-yard scoring toss to Mike Price for the 37-10 lead with 12:59 left.

That was Davis' last throw, with former walk-on Brad Wornick entering the game with more than 9 minutes left.

Meanwhile, Brian Anderson threw for 217 yards before being pulled for a backup for the third straight game. He had some success early by throwing underneath, but struggled the longer the game wore on and finished 27 for-47 with three interceptions.

Marshall's only touchdown was Anderson's 9-yard pass to Troy Evans midway through the second quarter that tied the game at 10-10.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the 75 victims of the 1970 plane crash that took place as the Marshall team was returning home from a loss at East Carolina. Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the crash.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
ECU
1st Downs2426
Total Yards328455
Passing234261
Rushing94194
Penalties8-659-94
3rd Down Conversions10-185-12
4th Down Conversions0-21-2
Turnovers41
Possession34:2425:36

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Anderson27/472174.613
East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis23/392085.321

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martinez6294.8013
Sullivan4235.8010
East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams1011111.1129
Ruffin7324.6010

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans6508.3114
Dobson5428.4012
East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris55611.2026
Lewis6559.2115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHECU
TD06:51Lance Lewis 5 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 07
FG02:24Tyler Warner 22 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERMRSHECU
FG14:39Michael Barbour 39 Yd 310
TD08:56Troy Evans 9 Yd Pass From Brian Anderson (Tyler Warner Kick) 1010
TD02:14Jonathan Williams 29 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 1017
FG00:02Michael Barbour 40 Yd 1020
THIRD QUARTERMRSHECU
TD13:14Dominique Davis 26 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 1027
FG06:41Michael Barbour 26 Yd 1030
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHECU
TD12:59Mike Price 10 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 1037