Scores

Final

UTEP 18

(1-4, 0-1 C-USA)

East Carolina 28

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

7:00 PM ET, September 29, 2012

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, GREENVILLE, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 7 3 0 818
ECU 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: S. Carden (ECU) - 258 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: V. Cooper (ECU) - 23 CAR, 151 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Hardy (ECU) - 11 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD

East Carolina 28, UTEP 18

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden ran for two touchdowns and threw for a score to overcome three interceptions, leading the Pirates to a 28-18 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.

Carden, who was 28 of 40 for 258 yards, ran for a 6-yard score in the first quarter and threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Justin Hardy that gave the Pirates (3-2, 2-0 Conference USA) their first lead of the game at 14-10 going into halftime.

East Carolina would lead the rest of the way, as Carden's 8-yard TD trot marked the only score of the third. Vintavious Cooper's 24-yard rushing touchdown put the Pirates up 28-10 with 4:56 to play. Cooper finished with 128 yards rushing on 18 carries.

The Miners (1-4, 0-1) got their late touchdown on Autrey Golden's 96-yard return on the ensuing kickoff. Nathan Jeffery led all rushers with 134 yards for UTEP.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
ECU
1st Downs1725
Total Yards302475
Passing151258
Rushing151217
Penalties3-247-56
3rd Down Conversions2-137-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers44
Possession27:0232:58

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lamaison9/271435.313
East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carden28/402586.513

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jeffery271345.0022
Williams2105.008
East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper231516.6139
Carden9637.0212

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards613021.7040
Trail11414.0014
East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy11958.6117
Cooper45213.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPECU
TD04:10Jordan Leslie 2 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Steven Valadez Kick) 70
TD01:26Shane Carden 6 Yd Run (Warren Harvey Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERUTEPECU
FG08:34Steven Valadez 29 Yd 107
TD00:12Justin Hardy 3 Yd Pass From Shane Carden (Warren Harvey Kick) 1014
THIRD QUARTERUTEPECU
TD00:51Shane Carden 8 Yd Run (Warren Harvey Kick) 1021
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPECU
TD04:54Vintavious Cooper 24 Yd Run (Warren Harvey Kick) 1028
TD04:39Autrey Golden 96 Yd Kickoff Return (Nick Lamaison Pass To Jordan Leslie For Two-Point Conversion) 1828