Chris Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns and caught one of three Rob Kass scoring passes as East Carolina beat Tulane 35-12 in a Conference USA game Saturday.

East Carolina (7-5, 6-2 Conference USA), which has won six of the last seven against Tulane, has never lost at home in the series. The Pirates kept alive their slim hopes for a berth in the conference championship game, but those hopes were dashed when Central Florida defeated UTEP.

Johnson, who scored on runs of five and seven yards, finished with 155 yards on 27 carries. He also caught four passes for 85 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass.

Kass was 12 of 18 for 177 yards and had touchdown passes to Johnson, Dominique Lindsay and Jamar Bryant.

Kicker Ben Hartman set an East Carolina school record by running his streak of successful point-after-touchdown kicks to 54.

Tulane (4-8, 3-5 Conference USA) could muster only a pair of first-quarter field goals by Ross Thevenot and a late rushing touchdown by Matt Forte, the nation's leading rusher.

Forte had 120 yards on 25 carries to finish the season with 2,127 yards, becoming the 12th player all-time to break the 2,000-yard plateau. His season total is the sixth-best in Division I-A history.


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