ECU Beats Marshall 21-17

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.

Original Story
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."

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  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Oct 7, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    The tides are changing and the Pirates appeared more confident this past week against Marshall. There are numberous impatient followers in Pirateland who just need to hold it together a few more weeks. We loss to two above average teams on their fields and it is time for the Purple and Gold to come together. Forget all the small talk and let's concentrate on SMU this week-end. These are the type of games that will come back and bite you in the rear. Sometimes our expectations are too high and we need to be more realistic about our program and the money that we have in our budget. We have many reasons to be proud of the Pirate football team and now is the time for all good men to come to the aide of their football team. So here is my suggestion. This Friday, rent the movie "Remember the Titans" and get a feel for the game. You should be mentally prepared to then take on the Mustangs of SMU. So many times, it's all in the head. Let's put our heads together and pull out another win.
  • by Barry Location: Greenville on Oct 5, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    'attaboy Dave! That's the old "college try". At this rate, you'll be semi-coherent by age 40. Now, if you would just work on your characterological "disposition"... Baby steps, Dave, "baby steps"...
  • by Dave on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    Sorry professor Barry but I was unaware that I would be graded on my posts. I promise to do better the next time.
  • by Barry Location: Greenville on Oct 5, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Dave: After reading your last sentence, it is clear to me that you don't know much about written English. You are a graduate student in English, for crying out loud! It is readily apparent that you do not possess the intellectual aptitude to handle subject matter more difficult than basic English, and even with this you struggle. Perhaps you should attend PCC for a remedial refresher? Go Pirates!
  • by Dave on Oct 5, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    PirateLady after reading your last spill, it's clear to me that you don't know much about football.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Oct 5, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    I'm glad we got the win against Marshall b/c they have only lost at home a handful of times, and they handed our behinds to us the last time we played them in Huntington and gave us a hard time last year as well before we got the win at home. It was nice to see us perform in both halves...Dominique Lindsay had a decent game, where has that been? Nice catch by Dwayne Harris on his back! And nice to see Patrick run for a change...that play was not designed, but it worked out. We still have some challenges ahead, so we need to become more consistent on both sides of the ball. We've got the rest of our conference games plus VT to think about. How about UTEP beating Houston? Case Keenum passed over 70 times and had 536 passing yards and STILL lost?! How crazy is that?
  • by Go Pirates! Location: G-Vegas on Oct 3, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    OK - so now the boys are showing they can play offense and defense AND both halves. Got some tough ones coming up so make practice count!
  • by Kiana Location: Pirate Territory!!, NC on Oct 3, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    Lord, was that the first conference game besides UCF? well im glad we won, we cant afford to lose any conference games if we want to be conference champs again. TIGHTEN UP D.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Oct 3, 2009 at 12:59 PM
    Good road game! Glad the Pirates played a better second half than they have been playing. I thought the defense did an awesome job holding off a Thundering Herd touchdown in those last few minutes. Let's just work on making a more consistent effort on part of the defense AND offense.
  • by B Location: G-Vegas on Oct 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    Hey Jeff, the only points scored in the first QUARTER were a touchdown. Marshall didn't score until the second QUARTER.
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