Scores

Final

East Carolina 37

(2-3, 1-1 American)

Houston 35

(2-2, 1-1 American)

7:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 20 17 037
HOU 7 14 14 035

Top Performers

Passing: B. Joseph (SHSU) - 250 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Johnson (ECU) - 24 CAR, 147 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Avery (HOU) - 9 REC, 189 YDS, 2 TD

East Carolina 37, Houston 35

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Chris Johnson rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns to lead East Carolina to a 37-35 win over Houston on Saturday night.

East Carolina (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) led 34-21 in the third quarter and held on late as Houston (2-2, 1-1) missed two field goals in the game's final two minutes.

Houston's Donnie Avery returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to cut East Carolina's lead to 37-35 on the final play of the third quarter.

Avery also caught nine passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

But Houston's comeback fell just short as T.J. Lawrence missed a 37-yard field goal with 1:55 left. His 38-yard attempt with three seconds remaining went wide right.

East Carolina trailed 21-20 at halftime, but took the lead for the good on its first possession of the third quarter.

Rob Kass threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Lee to put East Carolina ahead 27-21 with 13:24 left in the third.

Johnson scored his second touchdown of the game on a 43-yard run that gave the Pirates a 34-21 cushion.

Houston cut into the lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Anthony Alridge with 4:26 left in the third.

Alridge rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

Houston's Case Keenum threw two interceptions in the first half that set up East Carolina's first two touchdowns.

Keenum, who threw a 64-yard TD to Avery in the first quarter, was replaced by Blake Joseph in the second quarter.

Keenum's second interception set up Patrick Pinkney's 20-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris that gave the Pirates a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Joseph, who was 24-of-29 for 250 yards, threw a 36-yard TD pass to Avery to put Houston ahead 14-13.

East Carolina took a 20-14 when C.J. Wilson blocked a 49-yard field attempt, and Zack Slate returned it to the Houston 11.

Two plays later, Brandon Simmons scored on a 1-yard run.

Joseph threw a 5-yard TD pass to Alridge to give the Cougars a 21-20 halftime lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
HOU
1st Downs1423
Total Yards329484
Passing156345
Rushing173139
Penalties9-658-72
3rd Down Conversions6-166-20
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers23
Possession24:5935:01

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kass6/121109.210
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Joseph24/292508.620

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson241476.1243
Lindsay5214.2010
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alridge21894.2122
Ganaway8283.507

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant35719.0046
Lee13434.0134
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery918921.0264
Williams6538.8036

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUHOU
TD03:33Donnie Avery 64 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERECUHOU
TD14:53Chris Johnson 14 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 77
TD12:23Dwayne Harris 20 Yd Pass From Patrick Pinkney (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 137
TD07:38Donnie Avery 36 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 1314
TD02:15Brandon Simmons 1 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 2014
TD00:09Anthony Alridge 5 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 2021
THIRD QUARTERECUHOU
TD13:24T.J. Lee 34 Yd Pass From Rob Kass (Ben Hartman Kick) 2721
TD08:15Chris Johnson 43 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 3421
TD04:26Anthony Alridge 4 Yd Run (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 3428
FG00:10Ben Hartman 33 Yd 3728
TD00:00Donnie Avery 100 Yd Kickoff Return (T.J. Lawrence Kick) 3735