Scores

Final

East Carolina 20

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Virginia 35

(3-3, 3-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 6 0 7 720
UVA 7 21 0 735

Top Performers

Passing: P. Pinkney (ECU) - 196 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Peerman (UVA) - 16 CAR, 173 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Harris (ECU) - 6 REC, 128 YDS

Peerman helps Virginia run down East Carolina

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Cedric Peerman ran for 173 yards and two long touchdowns, and Virginia turned back a second-half East Carolina rally for a 35-20 victory Saturday.

East Carolina converted a pair of interceptions into an early 6-0 lead. But Peerman rallied the Cavaliers (3-3) with scoring runs of 78 and 60 yards, and the rout was on.

Or so it seemed after Mikell Simpson added a 5-yard touchdown run to cap a 61-yard drive, and Marc Verica connected with Kevin Ogletree on a 30-yard touchdown pass for a 28-6 halftime lead.

But the Pirates (3-3) got a lift from Dwayne Harris' 59-yard return of the second-half kickoff and cut the lead to 28-20 on Jonathan Williams' 1-yard touchdown run and Patrick Pinkney's 10-yard scoring pass to Brandon Simmons.

The momentum seemed clearly in East Carolina's favor after Virginia turned the ball over on downs at the Pirates' 33. But Pinkney fumbled on a sack by Matt Conrath, and the Cavaliers' Alex Field recovered at the 24 midway through the fourth quarter.

Virginia stalled at the 12 and lined up for an apparent field goal attempt. Holder Scott Deke, a senior backup quarterback, took the snap and tossed his first career touchdown pass to a wide-open John Phillips to make it 35-20.

East Carolina's dim hopes vanished with another Pinkney fumble, recovered by Clint Sintim, with just over two minutes left.

Peerman's first TD came on the last play of the first quarter. The Cavaliers had done little on offense before he beat one defender to the edge, slipped a couple of tackles and raced down the right sideline 78 yards.

His 60-yard touchdown run came five minutes later, on the first play after a 1-yard shanked punt by East Carolina's Matt Dodge. Peerman found a gaping hole behind left tackle Eugene Monroe and was untouched to the end zone, stretching Virginia's lead to 14-6.

Before those two runs, it looked like the Cavaliers might be plagued by the same turnover problems that led to their 31-3 loss to Duke two weeks ago. Verica, who threw four interceptions in that game, was picked off on Virginia's first possession. His pass was on target, but it bounced off the hands of fullback Rashawn Jackson and into the arms of Jerek Hewett, leading to Ben Hartman's 45-yard field goal.

Two possessions later, an overthrown pass by Verica was intercepted by J.J. Millbook at the East Carolina 48. Nine plays later, Hartman's 35-yard field goal made it 6-0.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
UVA
1st Downs1421
Total Yards285430
Passing196228
Rushing89202
Penalties8-703-20
3rd Down Conversions6-163-14
4th Down Conversions0-02-3
Turnovers22
Possession30:5029:10

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pinkney12/281967.010
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Verica25/322166.812

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams19955.0113
Harris4205.008
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peerman1617310.8279
Simpson12383.2111

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris612821.3052
Taylor13737.0037
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ogletree46516.3130
Covington44912.3019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUUVA
FG09:41Ben Hartman 45 Yd 30
FG00:47Ben Hartman 35 Yd 60
TD00:00Cedric Peerman 79 Yd Run (Yannick Reyering Kick) 67
SECOND QUARTERECUUVA
TD10:04Cedric Peerman 60 Yd Run (Yannick Reyering Kick) 614
TD05:57Mikell Simpson 5 Yd Run (Yannick Reyering Kick) 621
TD01:27Kevin Ogletree 30 Yd Pass From Marc Verica (Yannick Reyering Kick) 628
THIRD QUARTERECUUVA
TD09:16Jonathan Williams 1 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 1328
FOURTH QUARTERECUUVA
TD13:58Brandon Simmons 10 Yd Pass From Patrick Pinkney (Ben Hartman Kick) 2028
TD07:07John Phillips 12 Yd Pass From Scott Deke (Robert Randolph Kick) 2035