Scores

Final

East Carolina 56

(6-4, 5-1 American)

Memphis 40

(4-5, 3-2 American)

2:00 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 14 7 28 756
MEM 3 10 13 1440

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hankins (MEM) - 416 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Johnson (ECU) - 20 CAR, 301 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: C. Singleton (MEM) - 6 REC, 100 YDS, 2 TD

East Carolina 56, Memphis 40

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Chris Johnson rushed for a career-high 301 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as East Carolina held onto the top spot in Conference USA's East Division with a 56-40 victory over Memphis.

Johnson scored on runs of 16, 44, 70 and 50 yards as he racked up his rushing stats on 20 carries. The Pirates (6-4, 5-1) finished the day with 491 yards on the ground. Johnson's rushing total was the second-highest in school history, trailing only Scott Harley, who ran for 351 yards against North Carolina State in 1996.

Johnson's touchdowns and a 45-yard first-quarter run by reserve quarterback Patrick Pinkney were evidence of the quick scoring by the Pirates.

Pinkney also threw for two touchdowns -- a 6-yard scoring pass to Jamar Bryant and 25 yards to Steven Rogers. Pinkney threw for 105 yards on the day.

Dominque Lindsay also scored on a 22-yard run as Memphis (4-5, 3-2) gave up more than 400 yards rushing for the first time since 1982 against Georgia.

East Carolina has won five of its last six and defeated five straight C-USA opponents. The Pirates have score at least 30 points in five straight conference games.

The East Carolina victory leaves the Pirates in first place in Conference USA's East Division.

Carlos Singleton caught a pair of touchdown passes from Martin Hankins for Memphis. The scoring passes of 5 and 14 yards came in the second half as the Tigers never got close enough to threaten.

Hankins finished with 416 yards passing and four touchdowns for the Tigers.

Memphis had its two-game winning streak snapped as they were unable to stop the East Carolina running game and big plays.

East Carolina led 21-13 at the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
MEM
1st Downs2424
Total Yards641493
Passing150416
Rushing49177
Penalties10-775-38
3rd Down Conversions5-115-17
4th Down Conversions0-13-4
Turnovers02
Possession29:3530:25

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pinkney8/161056.620
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hankins34/604166.942

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson2030115.1470
Pinkney89411.8145
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barnes5428.4027
Doss12403.3116

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers24321.5125
Harris4266.507
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Calhoun810713.4139
Singleton610016.7232

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUMEM
FG10:36Matt Reagan 37 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 64 yds, 4:24
03
TD08:42Chris Johnson 16 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 60 yds, 1:52
73
TD05:39Patrick Pinkney 45 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 63 yds, :35
143
SECOND QUARTERECUMEM
TD14:33Chris Johnson 44 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 48 yds, :12
213
FG06:18Matt Reagan 24 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 3:02
216
TD01:09Duke Calhoun 14 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 83 yds, 2:42
2113
THIRD QUARTERECUMEM
TD14:08Chris Johnson 70 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 72 yds, :45
2813
TD12:09Carlos Singleton 5 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Pat Failed)
Drive: 7 plays, 56 yds, 1:50
2819
TD10:57Dominique Lindsay 22 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 66 yds, 1:07
3519
TD05:52Jamar Bryant 6 Yd Pass From Patrick Pinkney (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 59 yds, 4:35
4219
TD03:34Joseph Doss 2 Yd Run (Matt Reagan Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 72 yds, 2:12
4226
TD01:30Steven Rogers 25 Yd Pass From Patrick Pinkney (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 72 yds, 1:58
4926
FOURTH QUARTERECUMEM
TD14:02Carlos Singleton 14 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Pat Failed)
Drive: 9 plays, 65 yds, 2:22
4932
TD05:22Chris Johnson 50 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 50 yds, :08
5632
TD02:38Taz Knockum 1 Yd Pass From Martin Hankins (Martin Hankins Pass To Carlos Singleton For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 7 plays, 65 yds, 2:44
5640