Pirates Win Thriller 38-35

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Dominique Davis set two NCAA records for consecutive completions, connecting on all 26 of his first-half throws to extend his streak to 36 straight over two games, and East Carolina squeezed past skidding Navy 38-35 on Saturday night.

Davis, a 6-foot-3 senior, broke the single-game record of 23 straight completions, set in 1998 by Tee Martin of Tennessee against South Carolina and tied in 2004 by Aaron Rodgers of California versus Southern California.

Davis completed his final 10 passes against Memphis last week, so his stunning first half against Navy gave him 36 completions in a row -- breaking the NCAA mark of 26 set by Rodgers in 2004.

After going 26 for 26 for 251 yards before halftime, Davis' streak ended when he misfired on his first attempt in the third quarter.

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Navy missed a last second field goal as East Carolina improves to 3-4 with a 38-35 win.

Reggie Bullock notched his third touchdown of the day to put ECU up 38-35 late in the fourth quarter.

Navy has retaken the lead against ECU as Trey Miller hit Matt Aiken on a 37 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

ECU has responded to Navy's opening second half score with a 12 play 69 yard drive capped off by a one-yard Reggie Bullock touchdown run to extend the Pirate lead back to 10 points.

Navy returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown to draw within 3 points of East Carolina.

Michael Barbour converted a 35 yard field goal to put ECU up 17-7 versus Navy at halftime.

Dominique Davis threw his second touchdown pass of the day as ECU now leads Navy 14-7.

Dominique Davis threw a touchdown pass to Lance Lewis to tie the game against Navy at 7.

Gee Gee Greene has put Navy up 7-0 against ECU in the 2nd quarter thanks to a 13 yard touchdown run.

Michael Barbour has missed field goal attempts of 43 and 32 yards as the Pirates and Midshipmen remain scoreless.

Michael Barbour missed a 43 yard field goal on the Pirates' opening drive of the game.


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  • by Navy Clearly Won It. Location: Boise on Oct 26, 2011 at 09:41 PM
    ECU fans can pretend they won the game. It's in the books. Nothing can be done about it now. Navy clearly had a touchdown. He clearly had control of the ball as it crossed the plane of the goal line. The ground caused the ball to come aout after it was a TD. If Iwere an ECU fan, I'd probably try to justify it any way I could to make it come out like the official called it, but deep down inside, I'd always know it was only a win on paper. Just ask Oregon fans who think they beat the Sooners back in '06. ;^]
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      by Bud on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:07 AM in reply to Navy Clearly Won It.
      Says the losing side. I could whine and complain that 2/3ds of UNC's all time wins are against South Central Greater Miami-Dade County Community College and Mid-North Southwest Texas State and it makes them look like they are a good program when reality says otherwise, but at the end of the day a win is a win is a win! If the refs said ECU wins then that's the first time they've helped the Pirates out this decade so quit your whining.
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      by Sam on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:26 AM in reply to Navy Clearly Won It.
      You are wrong on so many levels. The dude didn't have control of the football the whole way through, and you are supposed to have control the whole way through if you either a) fall out of bounds or b) fall into the end zone or it would be incomplete. The ref made the correct call and there should have never been a piece of controversy over the call. East Carolina clearly won that game fair and square. Stop crying about it and suck it up.
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      by ECUPirated on Oct 28, 2011 at 07:20 PM in reply to Navy Clearly Won It.
      Look it up in the rule book. If the player goes airborne to make a catch, it doesn't matter if he crossed the goal on the way down or not, he has to maintain control even after he hits the ground. Incomplete pass. That's the breaks. ECU didn't make the call, the booth did and it was ACC officials in the replay box from what I heard. A win is win. Move on.
  • by no quarter Location: Hyde on Oct 25, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    Don't you just love it how when the Pirates win the comments are WAY fewer than after a loss. Haters gonna hate!!!!
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    ECU fans are happy they beat Navy. Lets put it in perspective. Navy has zero scholarships, they practice before their first formation (@0630) school come first, no player is over 260 pounds due to weight height standards of the military. Yes you won by 3. Good job ECU how could they Big East have overlooked such a football power.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:28 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      You are wrong. Every student that attends the Naval Academy has a full scholarship. Have another drink, Frank.
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      by LOL! on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:26 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      "Frank" writes: "no player is over 260 pounds due to weight height standards of the military". This is just further proof that Frank just posts anti-ECU vitriol without bothering to even check the facts. Frank is obviously too lazy to check the facts. He would rather post fallacy in his sad and pathetic zeal to try to cover up for his interpersonal inadequacies by posting against the local team (ECU). Here is the "fact" Frank: Navy had no less than 35 players weighing in at least 260 lbs. You state there are "no" players at this weight; you are wrong, there is not only 1,2,3 players at this weight, but 35 (!!!) Navy players weighing 260 , at a minimum. You are not only WRONG, but also Dave-like in your interpersonal failures. Congratulations!!! How miserable a life you must lead to have your only outlet for attention be a local message board where you post negative fallacy against the local school. This is your sad, desolate, and bleak reality, "Frank". Too funny!
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      by Bud on Oct 25, 2011 at 07:40 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      And yet the Big East wants to invite Navy and Central Florida, who both lost to teams ECU beat. Yeah, I'd say the Pirates are real happy with a W just like UNC is happy to play and beat Furman, Gardner Webb, and Wake County Community College. Last year you hated on ECU for losing badly to Navy, yet this year when ECU wins you hate on them again because Navy can't recruit? Can we get some consistency please? How's that conference expansion decision looking now Big East?!
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      by ECUPirated on Oct 28, 2011 at 07:23 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      After all the mumbling, the only part that looked important enough to read was "ECU fans are happy they beat Navy" You're right, we are, bye bye
  • by Pirateman on Oct 24, 2011 at 03:24 AM
    Did you? Don't go to Vegas! You wouldn't do well there!
  • by Derek Location: Philadelphia on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    The Navy receiver caught the ball, turned, took two steps, and dove for the end zone while he had the ball firmly in his hands. I'm not sure how much he had to do after catching it to prove he had possession of the ball. Maybe if he had taken five more steps and done a flip, it would have been a reception.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 02:50 PM in reply to Derek
      The receiver didn't take any steps. He had both feet on the ground before he fell towards the endzone and the ball came out of his hands as he hit the ground. This is was ruled correctly as an incomplete because he didnt maintain possession to the ground. Btw, this is a new rule this year. Last year it would have been a TD but not this year. Also, don't complain too much. Navy had a lateral that ECU recovered on the Navy 11 that was missed by the refs and not reviewed.
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      by Pirateman on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:40 PM in reply to Derek
      Whine and cry like a typical sailor; no way you are Marine!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:00 PM in reply to Pirateman
        I bet you NEVER served.
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          by Pirateman on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to
          Did you? Don't go to Vegas! You wouldn't do well there!
  • by Chuck on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    "TO ALL ECU HATERS ESPECIALLY DAVE": 3 Of The 4 ECU losses were to teams that are in top 25 right now.Va Tech is still winning,S.Carolina is real deal,& Houston is a beast. N Carolina is also good. Sad thing is that ECU Had A Chance to win all of these games Except Houston. Turnovers in S Carolina & UNC Games doomed ECU. ECU Was Never were in the Houston Game Period. ECU Offense just did not show up Against Houston & UNC. Too many Turnovers & Lack of Offense production against UNC. ECU could have beaten Va Tech & UNC if it had played better. This ECU Team is not a 3-4 Team.Stupid Turnovers & Lack of Offense caused these losses . Sadly ECU Might be 5-2 right now if Offense Had Showed up & all of these big games had not been scheduled almost back to back so early in season. ECU MIght Suprise you.All the remaining Games Are Winable games. S.Miss will be a tough nut to crack,but ECU Gets them at Home.Same With C.Florida. Still think this ECU Team could end up 7-5 Or 6-6? Not bad Considering ECU is surely in a rebuilding Phase. Pat Dye was interviewed during NAVY Game & He said Ruff will get the job done & That ECU Needs to be patient & Give Ruff time to get his players/recruits in place. Time Will tell.
  • by John Location: Simpson on Oct 23, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    Navy had a touchdown the refs took away. Maybe if I type slower the ECU fans will understand.
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      by Billyjoejimbob on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM in reply to John
      You can't take away something you never had. It wasn't a Touchdown.
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      by Mustang on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM in reply to John
      Maybe if you "slowly" read the rules you would understand. Refs made the right call.
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        by Really on Oct 24, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to Mustang
        NCAA vs. NFL. Check the rulebook and the interpretation manual.
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      by ECU Alumni on Oct 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to John
      WITN readers don't see the speed of your typing. The comments are submitted for review and posted upon approval. Thanks for playing though.
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      by Sam on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:30 AM in reply to John
      Learn to read the rules. That was NOT a touchdown. It's "if I talk" not "if I type". You are so bad you can't even trash talk without looking stupid.
  • by ScuzBucket Location: Land Locked on Oct 23, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    Great win Pirates. I am really glad for the players.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    Good game, Pirates. Proud to see you bounce back from that atrocious Houston game a few weeks ago. Looked a lot sharper and composed against a very good Navy team. You're making me believe again, Ruff... Don't let us down! This win is on you, so good job coaching em up. Loved seeing the Pirates standing with Navy at the end of the game during their song, too.
  • by Rodney Location: Greenville on Oct 23, 2011 at 03:09 AM
    Navy got robbed. That was a touchdown, no doubt!!
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      by Pirateman on Oct 23, 2011 at 06:04 AM in reply to Rodney
      Wrong! Slow motion fools you into believing he had control. Next, the ground cannot cause a fumble, but it CAN cause it NOT to be a reception. You cannot "catch" the ball with two hands outstretched, be moving it and hit the ground and it bounces out when you are on the field away from the endzone and THEREFORE you cannot do it IN the endzone, notwithstanding the ball breaking the plane rule. The idiot Navy receiver should have tucked it and fell and it probably would have been a touchdown or Navy would have ended up on the 1 yard line with plenty of time to punch it in. They did not, so therefore it was a bad play by the Navy player and the better team ECU took advantage of it and WON!!!! Arrrrggghhh!!!!!!
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