Pirates Win Big 44-17

TULSA, Okla. (AP)--Dominique Lindsay ran for a career-high 172 yards, Darryl Freeney had a career-best 152 yards receiving and East Carolina maintained its lead in Conference USA's East Division with a 44-17 victory over Tulsa on Sunday night.
In a rematch of last season's conference championship game, the Pirates (6-4, 5-1) dominated on offense in the first half and then sealed the game with three defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Patrick Pinkney threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, to Lindsay and Freeney. East Carolina is a game ahead of UAB, Southern Miss and Central Florida with two games left.

Tulsa (4-6, 2-4) is in jeopardy of missing out on a bowl after losing five straight.
Damaris Johnson, the nation's leader in all-purpose yardage, got the Golden Hurricane back in the game after the Pirates had built a 20-point lead in the first half. He returned a kickoff 57 yards and then had catches on back-to-back plays, the second going for 9 yards and a touchdown that brought Tulsa to 23-17 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

East Carolina couldn't get its offense going again after amassing 401 yards in the first half, but Emanuel Davis stepped in front of G.J. Kinne's pass to Johnson and cut across the field before weaving his way into the end zone to provide some extra cushion.

Tulsa got the ball to the 7 on its ensuing possession, but Kinne's pass on fourth-and-6 bounced off of nose guard Linval Joseph's helmet and fell incomplete. Levin Neal then picked off another Kinne pass and brought it back 57 yards to put the game away with 2:23 remaining. Defensive tackle Jay Ross added a 49-yard return of Kinne's fumble 46 seconds later.

Kinne finished with 236 yards on 23-for-46 passing with two touchdowns and the two interceptions. Johnson had 14 catches for 135 yards.

Lindsay and Freeney both surpassed the best performances of their career before the first half was even over. Lindsay had 150 yards on 20 carries while Freeney had seven catches for 146 yards. Both also caught touchdown passes-- Freeney a 37-yarder and Lindsay a 12-yarder--as the Pirates built a 20-0 lead.

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  • by Lou Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Ladd, get a life dude. Why must you get your jollies by hating on a college on a news website. WOW is all I can say. Get a job or something.
  • by JDLadd Location: My pad on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    Yeah 2 of 3 LAST YEAR and 0-3 THIS YEAR! Let's stay in the PRESENT please!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    JDLadd. I believe ECU beat 2 or 3 ranked teams last year. WVU, Va tech...guess you forgot, huh?
  • by JDLadd Location: My pad on Nov 17, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Why is ECU even on ESPN anyway? Womens NCAA baskeball would get better ratings. ECU beating Tulsa does not prove much other than they can beat the trash in CUSA. ECU cannot beat a ranked team.
  • by Jason Location: Raleigh on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    I love the NFL and dislike college. All that college players care about is their egos and they think they are going to go pro but probably won't because they are not good enough.
  • by Lou Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    You might be right that nobody knew it was on but ECU still won and that's what matters. Pirate fans knew it was on. Who cares for NFL, they play for themselves and not for the team so quit hating on the Pirates you bum.
  • by Dave Location: You will NEVER know on Nov 16, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    I am willing to bet that 99.9999% of the country did not even know that this garbage game was on because of the instant classic between Indy and NE last night.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Nov 16, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Way to get it done Pirates. Where are all the Pinkney haters today ?
  • by LAP Location: G'ville on Nov 16, 2009 at 06:34 AM
  • by Austin on Nov 15, 2009 at 09:43 PM
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