Scores

Final/2OT

Marshall 59

(5-7, 4-4 C-USA)

East Carolina 65

(8-4, 7-1 C-USA)

Coverage: CBS Sports Network

2:00 PM ET, November 23, 2012

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, GREENVILLE, NC

1 2 3 4 2OT T
MRSH 7 21 7 17 759
ECU 14 21 7 10 1365

Top Performers

Passing: S. Carden (ECU) - 439 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. Taliaferro (MRSH) - 27 CAR, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Shuler (MRSH) - 14 REC, 141 YDS, 2 TD

East Carolina 65, Marshall 59, OT

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Shane Carden's 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime Friday lifted East Carolina over Marshall 65-59 and kept the Pirates' Conference USA title hopes alive.

The Pirates (8-4, 7-1) will advance to play Tulsa for the league championship if Alabama-Birmingham beats Central Florida on Saturday.

Carden scored after three straight runs by Vintavious Cooper took the ball down to the Marshall 1.

East Carolina had stopped a Marshall possession earlier in the overtime when Chrishon Rose forced a fumble at the 11 by Essray Taliaferro and Derrell Johnson recovered it.

A 25-yard touchdown pass from Carden to Andrew Bodenheimer gave East Carolina a lead on the first play of overtime, but the Thundering Herd (5-7, 4-4) answered with a 4-yard Blake Frohnapfel scoring pass to Antavious Wilson after Taliaferro converted a fourth-and-1 with a 4-yard run.

Frohnapfel took over at quarterback for Marshall after Rakeem Cato suffered an injury to his lower left leg midway through the third quarter. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 101 yards and raced 51 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, the longest run allowed by East Carolina this season.

Carden drove the Pirates 76 yards in 11 plays to tie the game with 4 seconds left in regulation on a 6-yard pass to Danny Webster. The drive, which started with 1:55 left, included three completions to Justin Hardy, who caught a school-record 16 passes for 171 yards, fourth-best in East Carolina history. His 1,046 receiving yards for the season is also fourth-best in school history.

The 124 combined points were the most ever in a Conference USA game, although the two schools combined for 125 in the 2001 GMAC Bowl, when Marshall played in the Mid-America Conference. The Thundering Herd won that one 64-61 in two overtimes.

East Carolina's 65 points were its fourth-highest total ever and the most it has scored since a 66-23 victory over East Tennessee State in 1981.

Marshall's 59 points were the most it has ever scored in a loss.

Carden completed 38 of 47 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three more, including the deciding score in overtime. His first two touchdown runs helped stake the Pirates to a 28-7 second-quarter lead.

The Thundering Herd rallied to trail 35-28 at halftime after three second-quarter touchdown passes by Cato. He threw five in the game, tying his career high, and his 318 passing yards before being injured gave the sophomore 4,201 for the season. It was the fourth time a Marshall quarterback has surpassed 4,000 yards.

Tommy Shuler caught 14 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns for Marshall, giving the sophomore a school-record 110 for the season.

Taliaferro, in his first start this season, rushed for 130 yards on 27 carries for the Thundering Herd.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
ECU
1st Downs3631
Total Yards633555
Passing419439
Rushing214116
Penalties7-413-26
3rd Down Conversions10-167-15
4th Down Conversions2-22-3
Turnovers30
Possession28:3631:24

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato31/403188.051
East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carden38/474399.330

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taliaferro271304.8117
Frohnapfel8627.8151
East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper14523.7212
Bullock8394.9110

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shuler1414110.1224
Dobson46115.3132
East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hardy1617110.7019
Soloman38628.7159

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMRSHECU
TD10:11Aaron Dobson 32 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato. (Justin Haig Kick) 70
TD09:06Jabril Soloman 59 Yd Pass From Shane Carden. (Warren Harvey Kick) 77
TD02:37Shane Carden 1 Yd Run. (Warren Harvey Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERMRSHECU
TD14:55Vintavious Cooper 9 Yd Run. (Warren Harvey Kick) 721
TD12:10Shane Carden 3 Yd Run. (Warren Harvey Kick) 728
TD09:52Tommy Shuler 24 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato. (Justin Haig Kick) 1428
TD06:56Vintavious Cooper 1 Yd Run. (Warren Harvey Kick) 1435
TD04:50Antavious Wilson 8 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato. (Justin Haig Kick) 2135
TD00:26Tommy Shuler 19 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato. (Justin Haig Kick) 2835
THIRD QUARTERMRSHECU
TD11:06Antavious Wilson 2 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato. (Justin Haig Kick) 3535
TD07:10Reggie Bullock 5 Yd Run. (Warren Harvey Kick) 3542
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHECU
FG14:51Justin Haig 24 Yd 3842
TD11:12Blake Frohnapfel 51 Yd Run. (Justin Haig Kick) 4542
FG07:16Warren Harvey 39 Yd 4545
TD01:55Essray Taliaferro 1 Yd Run. (Justin Haig Kick) 5245
TD00:04Danny Webster 6 Yd Pass From Shane Carden. (Justin Hardy Kick) 5252
OVERTIMEMRSHECU
TDAndrew Bodenheimer 25 Yd Pass From Shane Carden. (Justin Hardy Kick) 5259
TDAntavious Wilson 4 Yd Pass From Blake Frohnapfel. (Justin Haig Kick) 5959
TDShane Carden 1 Yd Run. 5965