Scores

Final

East Carolina 28

(7-4, 6-1 American)

Tulane 23

(2-9, 2-5 American)

3:30 PM ET, November 17, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 14 7 728
TULN 7 6 3 723

Top Performers

Passing: R. Griffin (TULN) - 293 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Bullock (ECU) - 12 CAR, 56 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Grant (SOU) - 10 REC, 94 YDS

East Carolina 28, Tulane 23

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Shane Carden's second touchdown pass of the game, with 4:29 remaining, gave East Carolina some breathing room in a tight 28-23 Conference USA victory over Tulane on Saturday.

The Pirates (7-4, 6-1), who moved into a first-place tie with Tulsa in the league's East Division, trailed the Green Wave (2-9, 2-5) in the second quarter and never led by more than 12 points.

That 28-16 margin came when Carden found Andrew Bodenheimer from 11 yards out to cap a 79-yard drive that consumed 4:41.

Tulane responded with a 31-yard scoring pass from Ryan Griffin to Wilson Van Hooser after a 73-yard drive, but East Carolina ran out the final 1:22.

Griffin completed 36 of 57 passes for 293 yards two touchdowns, with Ryan Grant making 10 of the receptions for 94 yards.

Cairo Santos kicked three field goals for the Green Wave and is 20-for-20 on the season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
TULN
1st Downs2022
Total Yards387302
Passing215293
Rushing1729
Penalties7-775-36
3rd Down Conversions5-148-19
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers20
Possession27:4932:11

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carden19/332156.522
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin36/572935.120

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper15875.8021
Bullock12564.7119
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Butler2189.0015
Kelley8111.403

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy55511.0122
Webster33612.0024
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grant10949.4017
Van Hooser35117.0131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUTULN
TD07:12Xavier Rush 13 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERECUTULN
TD14:55Justin Hardy 7 Yd Pass From Shane Carden (Warren Harvey Kick) 77
FG05:44Cairo Santos 23 Yd 710
TD02:48Shane Carden 5 Yd Run (Warren Harvey Kick) 1410
FG00:00Cairo Santos 43 Yd 1413
THIRD QUARTERECUTULN
TD11:23Reggie Bullock 5 Yd Run (Warren Harvey Kick) 2113
FG00:09Cairo Santos 26 Yd 2116
FOURTH QUARTERECUTULN
TD04:29Andrew Bodenheimer 11 Yd Pass From Shane Carden (Warren Harvey Kick) 2816
TD01:22Wilson Van Hooser 31 Yd Pass From Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos Kick) 2823