Scores

Final/OT

East Carolina 45

(4-3, 3-1 American)

UTEP 42

(4-3, 2-1 C-USA)

9:05 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 OT T
ECU 10 8 14 7 645
UTEP 7 12 6 14 342

Top Performers

Passing: T. Vittatoe (UTEP) - 409 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Thomas (UTEP) - 22 CAR, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Moturi (UTEP) - 12 REC, 113 YDS, 1 TD

East Carolina 45, UTEP 42, OT

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Rob Kass plunged into the end zone on a quarterback sneak during the first overtime to give East Carolina a wild 45-42 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.

Kass sent the game to OT with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Juwon Crowell as time ran out to tie the contest at 39-39.

UTEP's Trevor Vittatoe completed 38-of-55 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns and just one interception. Marcus Thomas ran for 103 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown dash with just 34 seconds left in the game to give the Miners what appeared to be a winning 39-32 margin.

East Carolina's Dwayne Harris almost broke the game open single-handedly in the third quarter. First the East Carolina wide receiver took a handoff on a reverse and dashed 57 yards for a touchdown, giving the Pirates (4-3-1, 3-1 Conference USA) a 25-22 lead. Then Harris took a handoff on a double reverse and hit a wide open Jamar Bryant on an 80-yard touchdown pass, giving the Pirates a 32-22 lead 7:53 left in the third quarter.

The first half was a story of dueling field goals.

UTEP (4-3, 2-1) got a touchdown in the final minute of the first half on a nine-yard strike from Vittatoe to Joe West but Martinez' extra point try was blocked and East Carolina's Travis Williams returned it 90 yards for the two points and the Pirates led 18-16.

But Jose Martinez booted a 42-yard field goal, one that pinged off the top of the upright, on the final play of the half to give UTEP a 19-18 lead in a bizarre finish to the first 30 minutes.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
UTEP
1st Downs2431
Total Yards507589
Passing299456
Rushing208133
Penalties5-878-94
3rd Down Conversions4-118-19
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers43
Possession23:4836:12

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kass18/322196.813
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe38/554097.431

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson231265.5032
Harris26633.0157
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas221034.7131
Sam9596.6018

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant713319.0180
Crowell24924.5134
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sam912714.1042
Moturi121139.4123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUUTEP
TD12:09Marcus Thomas 42 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 78 yds, 1:18
07
FG07:53Ben Hartman 52 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 23 yds, 4:16
37
TD06:42Van Eskridge 50 Yd Fumble Return (Ben Hartman Kick) 107
SECOND QUARTERECUUTEP
FG11:27Jose Martinez 41 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 52 yds, 5:25
1010
FG07:55Ben Hartman 28 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 53 yds, 3:32
1310
FG03:02Ben Hartman 24 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 67 yds, 2:46
1610
TD00:50Joe West 9 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Pat Blocked)
Drive: 8 plays, 61 yds, 2:13
1616
DC00:50Travis Williams 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 1816
FG00:00Jose Martinez 42 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 41 yds, :24
1819
THIRD QUARTERECUUTEP
FG13:03Jose Martinez 34 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 55 yds, 1:57
1822
TD11:32Dwayne Harris 57 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 80 yds, 1:31
2522
TD07:53Jamar Bryant 80 Yd Pass From Dwayne Harris (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 80 yds, :14
3222
FG05:53Jose Martinez 43 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 50 yds, 2:00
3225
FOURTH QUARTERECUUTEP
TD14:55Jeff Moturi 17 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 70 yds, 3:45
3232
TD00:34Marcus Thomas 31 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 42 yds, 2:48
3239
TD00:00Juwon Crowell 34 Yd Pass From Rob Kass (Ben Hartman Kick) 3939
OVERTIMEECUUTEP
FGJose Martinez 45 Yd 3942
TDRob Kass 1 Yd Run 4542