BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Shane Carden threw for 386 yards and East Carolina pulled out a 42-35 victory over Alabama-Birmingham in a see-saw, Conference USA contest Saturday night.
The lead changed hands four times after the Pirates (5-3, 4-1) drew first blood, with Carden tossing the winning score to Justin Hardy early in the fourth quarter.
Vintavious Cooper cut the lead to 21-20 with a 1-yard touchdown run, and then Carden hit Cooper for a 30-yard touchdown pass to vault the Pirates ahead.
The Blazers (1-6, 0-3) regained the lead when Brown found Kennard Backman for a 9-yard score, but then yielded consecutive Pirates' touchdowns -- including Carden's pass to Hardy -- and couldn't overtake the lead again.
Carden finished 23-of-35 passing with two scores.
Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and tied a poll record Sunday despite lagging support from voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward and No. 4 Michigan State slipped.
Texas cornerback Kris Boyd has apologized for retweeting a Texas A&M fan during halftime of Texas' 50-7 loss to TCU on Saturday.
The Big 12 on Sunday acknowledged an officiating mistake that incorrectly awarded Oklahoma State a first down Saturday and said the officials involved would be disciplined.
Georgia coach Mark Richt says he's sticking with Greyson Lambert, who was just 10-for-24 for 86 yards in a loss to Alabama, as the Bulldogs starting quarterback.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.