HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Patrick Pinkney scored on a 30-yard run and East Carolina's defense forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter to beat Marshall 21-17 on Saturday.
Pinkney was 14-for-23 with 131 yards and an interception for the Pirates (3-2, 2-0 Conference USA).
East Carolina's Dominique Lindsay broke a 7-7 tie before halftime with a 3-yard touchdown run. Marshall (3-2, 1-1) pulled ahead 17-14 on Craig Ratanamorn's 28-yard field goal and Darius Marshall's 20-yard TD run in the third, setting up Pinkney's game-winning run.
Pinkney's only carry came on a 30-yard score to put East Carolina ahead 24-17 in the third quarter.
The Pirates defense held strong in the fourth, as Marshall's Brian Anderson was intercepted early in the fourth by Emanuel Davis and again late by Jeremy Chambliss to help seal the win.
The ECU Pirates take on the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday in Huntington, West Virginia.
Kickoff is at noon. Game coverage is on CBS College Sports and Gametracker.
ECU head football coach Skip Holtz spoke about Marshall at his press conference earlier this week.
"We get into Marshall this week and have the next two games on the road," Holtz said. "We talked about it as a staff this morning, you play four of your first six games on the road and that's tough. Right now we're 2-2, 2-0 at home but 0-2 on the road and having to go on the road the next two weeks. It's something we'll have to figure out as a football team."
"When I look at this Marshall football team," Holtz said, "they're playing with an awful lot of confidence. I think Coach Snyder has done a great job building that program, especially when you consider where it was four years ago and where it is today."
"I think they have some really special athletes on that team," Holtz went on to say. "They're playing hard and with a lot of confidence. They're 3 and 1 right now with their only loss at Virginia Tech."
"You can take the stats heading into this game and pretty much throw them out the window," Holtz said. "You look at it and see Marshall is giving up 5.3 yards per carry, but if you take the Virginia Tech game out, Marshall is giving up under 2.5 yards per carry. The Virginia Tech game was statistically skewed because Marshall was out gained about 600-250 yards. I think if you take that game out of it, you're looking at a very good Marshall football team."