Scores

Final

East Carolina 44

(3-2, 3-0 C-USA)

Southern Miss 43

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

7:30 PM ET, October 9, 2010

M.M. Roberts Stadium, HATTIESBURG, MS

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 17 21 644
USM 20 0 13 1043

Top Performers

Passing: D. Davis (ECU) - 305 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: V. Floyd (USM) - 15 CAR, 32 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Harris (ECU) - 9 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

East Carolina 44, Southern Miss. 43

Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- East Carolina did a lot of things wrong on Saturday night, falling behind by 20 points in the first quarter and committing four turnovers on the road.

But with an impressive comeback and just enough clutch plays, the Pirates emerged with a 44-43 victory over Southern Miss at Roberts Stadium, breaking the Golden Eagles' 11-game home winning streak in a crucial Conference USA showdown.

Quarterback Dominique Davis completed a 32-yard pass to Michael Bowman for East Carolina's go-ahead touchdown with 2:59 remaining. The Pirates, who have won back-to-back C-USA titles, have won 14 of 15 conference games.

The sloppy game featured a combined 24 penalties for 229 yards and one player from each team was ejected.

Davis completed 18 of 36 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. The Pirates trailed 20-0 after the first quarter, but scored 17 unanswered points before halftime to make it 20-17.

Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis completed 20 of 39 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. Danny Hrapmann kicked a school-record five field goals, including two from 49 yards.

Southern Miss dominated early, building a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. V.J. Floyd rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, Austin Davis threw for a 5-yard touchdown and Hrapmann nailed field goals from 49 and 39 yards as the Golden Eagles appeared to be in control.

But USM lost its momentum and its cool during the second quarter, as East Carolina scored 10 unanswered points. During that stretch, the Golden Eagles were called for four personal fouls and linebacker Korey Williams was ejected after throwing a punch during a sideline altercation.

The ill-advised behavior left USM -- which entered the game as the fourth-most penalized team in the country -- without two of its best defenders. Senior linebacker Martez Smith injured his knee in the first quarter and didn't return.

Though neither team was particularly well-behaved, USM saw the majority of the flags, getting penalized 15 times for 153 yards.

The second half was just as wild as the first, with Southern Miss jumping out to a 27-17 lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by Davis.

But East Carolina roared back, scoring 21 of the next 24 points to take a 38-30 lead. Southern Miss wasn't done, taking a 43-38 lead on linebacker Jamie Collins' 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Finally, East Carolina set the final margin with Davis' easy touchdown pass to a wide open Bowman, who outran the Southern Miss defense to the end zone.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
USM
1st Downs2122
Total Yards338404
Passing305237
Rushing33167
Penalties9-7615-153
3rd Down Conversions4-103-17
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers40
Possession22:1837:42

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis18/363058.543
Southern MissC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis20/392376.110

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams13251.909
Ruffin5204.0113
Southern MissCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lampley13493.808
Hardy4389.5019

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris99911.0135
Lewis29246.0246
Southern MissRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morris58116.2134
Bolden34916.3020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUUSM
TD11:46V.J. Floyd 3 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 07
FG08:24Danny Hrapmann 49 Yd 010
TD04:51Johdrick Morris 5 Yd Pass From Austin Davis (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 017
FG01:08Danny Hrapmann 39 Yd 020
SECOND QUARTERECUUSM
TD13:25Lance Lewis 46 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 720
FG09:57Michael Barbour 30 Yd 1020
TD00:30Dwayne Harris 7 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 1720
THIRD QUARTERECUUSM
TD11:59Austin Davis 8 Yd Run (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 1727
TD10:18Lance Lewis 46 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 2427
FG07:55Danny Hrapmann 49 Yd 2430
TD07:35Jonathan Williams 89 Yd Kickoff Return (Michael Barbour Kick) 3130
TD04:10Giavanni Ruffin 13 Yd Run (Michael Barbour Kick) 3830
FG02:00Danny Hrapmann 39 Yd 3833
FOURTH QUARTERECUUSM
FG09:13Danny Hrapmann 28 Yd 3836
TD07:43Jamie Collins 32 Yd Interception Return (Danny Hrapmann Kick) 3843
TD04:36Michael Bowman 32 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4443