ECU Wins The C-USA Championship

Dominique Lindsay and Giavanni Ruffin each ran for two touchdowns while East Carolina's defense hung in against Houston's powerful offense to help the Pirates beat the No. 18 Cougars 38-32 in the Conference USA championship game Saturday.

Dwayne Harris also had a big day with 123 yards receiving and a 22-yard touchdown catch. He also had a 69-yard kickoff return to set up East Carolina's first touchdown, helping the Pirates (9-4) beat the mistake-prone Cougars (10-3) for their second straight league title.

East Carolina is the first team to win consecutive C-USA titles since the league went to divisional play in 2005.

Case Keenum had a big day for Houston, completing 56 of 75 passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns. Most of those went to James Cleveland, who had 19 catches for a title game-record 241 yards and three scores.

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