ECU Beats Marshall 37 -10

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Jon Williams ran for 111 yards and a touchdown to help East Carolina stay perfect in Conference USA by beating Marshall 37-10 on Saturday.

Dominique Davis threw for 208 yards and two scores for the Pirates (5-2, 4-0), who are off to their best start in league play since going 5-0 in 2001. The two-time defending league champions have won 10 straight against C-USA opponents, including last season's win against Houston in the title game.

East Carolina has also won three straight overall since consecutive road losses to Atlantic Coast Conference teams Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

East Carolina shook off a sluggish start by scoring twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the first half to take a 20-10 halftime lead. The Pirates then scored on their first three drives of the second half to blow the game open against the struggling Thundering Herd (1-6, 0-3).

East Carolina was coming off an overtime win against instate rival North Carolina State, a game that drew a sellout and record crowd to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. But that energy didn't carry over, with the Pirates coming out flat and finding their normally prolific spread passing attack struggling for yardage early.

In fact, Marshall had outgained East Carolina (186-167) in total yardage in the first half while Davis - who came in as the league's top passer at nearly 315 yards per game - threw for just 92 yards. But Williams' powerful 29-yard burst up the middle for a touchdown put East Carolina ahead 17-10 with 2:14 left in the half, a margin that would only grow.

First Davis capped the opening drive of the second half by scampering around the left side untouched for a 26-yard touchdown to make it 27-10. Then, after the second drive ended with a field goal, Williams cracked the 100-yard mark by barreling over would-be tacklers for another bruising run of 21 yards to set up Davis' 10-yard scoring toss to Mike Price for the 37-10 lead with 12:59 left.

That was Davis' last throw, with former walk-on Brad Wornick entering the game with more than 9 minutes left.

Meanwhile, Brian Anderson threw for 217 yards before being pulled for a backup for the third straight game. He had some success early by throwing underneath, but struggled the longer the game wore on and finished 27 for-47 with three interceptions.

Marshall's only touchdown was Anderson's 9-yard pass to Troy Evans midway through the second quarter that tied the game at 10-10.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the 75 victims of the 1970 plane crash that took place as the Marshall team was returning home from a loss at East Carolina. Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the crash.

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  • by Anonymous Location: nc on Oct 27, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    the game wuz awesome but them refs couldnt see....
  • by cww Location: Norfolk on Oct 26, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    Sam: JDLadd is jealous on everyone and everything much like our friend Dave. Neither one has an ounce of athletic prowess and probably got picked last in school to play kick ball. This would explain their low self esteem issues and bitterness to anyone showing a positive attitude.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 26, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    JD, first of all yes I had my BEAUTIFUL ECU flags on my Z-71, all 4 windows. Second, I don't care what you did really. I'm sure the flags will be alright.
  • by irate @JDLADD Location: Greenville on Oct 25, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    Ya know, Mr Ladd, you use that same simile comparing car door flags to flopping fish over and over. Please, if you insist on being a dolt, at least be a more creative one. HA! HA!
  • by JDLadd Location: my pad on Oct 25, 2010 at 07:16 PM
    Sam I bet that you are one of the many people with those heinous EZU flags on your pickup truck. Those eyesore things look like fish out of water flopping around. Today when it was raining I drove by a person who had those flags on their car and I hit a puddle and splashed it on one of the flags. HA HA!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 25, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    Awesome game saturday. Did'nt get back until around 11:00 but it was well worth seeing ECU stick it to the Herd. It's time to focus on UCF. Once again, it's time ECU lets go 1-0.
  • by me. Location: here. on Oct 25, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    Yes, I am a Pirate fan. However... I don't spend my free time going around to websites that have stories posted about Carolina, State, or even Alabama and waste my time trying to bash them. If you all keep saying that we will never be on the same level then WHY do you keep coming here and trying to talk junk? Are you worried? Please let me know because I don't understand. Thank you.
  • by pirate/hawk Location: G/vegas on Oct 25, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    To tide, I think the fact of the matter is that Bama is scared to play us again because of the scare that the pirate nation gave them in 01. Think about it if just one more play would have went in favor of the nation you would still be complaining and makeing excuses right now. You want a another piece of the nation??? Oh please bring it on,," NOTE TO COACH HOLLAND" Please please book it...
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Oct 25, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    John, don't forget David Garrard (who put Byron Loserwich on the pine FOREVER), Danny Kepley (probably the finest defensive player in CFL history), and Rod Coleman. But I don't hate the "Herd" (with the exception of Mike Hamrick of course). They are like us in many ways. They don't get respect in their state either. I am sure there is a Dave in Hunnington too.
  • by ECUSux on Oct 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    I hope ECU wins CUSA so they can lose their 3rd straight Liberty Bowl. That will show their fans.

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