Pirates Rally To Beat Southern Miss 44-43

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- East Carolina did a lot of things wrong on Saturday night, falling behind by 20 points in the first quarter and committing four turnovers on the road.

But with an impressive comeback and just enough clutch plays, the Pirates emerged with a 44-43 victory over Southern Miss at Roberts Stadium, breaking the Golden Eagles' 11-game home winning streak in a crucial Conference USA showdown.

Quarterback Dominique Davis completed a 32-yard pass to Michael Bowman for East Carolina's go-ahead touchdown with 2:59 remaining. The Pirates, who have won back-to-back C-USA titles, have won 14 of 15 conference games.

The sloppy game featured a combined 24 penalties for 229 yards and one player from each team was ejected.

Davis completed 18 of 36 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. The Pirates trailed 20-0 after the first quarter, but scored 17 unanswered points before halftime to make it 20-17.

Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis completed 20 of 39 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. Danny Hrapmann kicked a school-record five field goals, including two from 49 yards.

Southern Miss dominated early, building a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. V.J. Floyd rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, Austin Davis threw for a 5-yard touchdown and Hrapmann nailed field goals from 49 and 39 yards as the Golden Eagles appeared to be in control.

But USM lost its momentum and its cool during the second quarter, as East Carolina scored 10 unanswered points. During that stretch, the Golden Eagles were called for four personal fouls and linebacker Korey Williams was ejected after throwing a punch during a sideline altercation.

The ill-advised behavior left USM - which entered the game as the fourth-most penalized team in the country - without two of its best defenders. Senior linebacker Martez Smith injured his knee in the first quarter and didn't return.

Though neither team was particularly well-behaved, USM saw the majority of the flags, getting penalized 15 times for 153 yards.

The second half was just as wild as the first, with Southern Miss jumping out to a 27-17 lead on an 8-yard touchdown run by Davis.

But East Carolina roared back, scoring 21 of the next 24 points to take a 38-30 lead. Southern Miss wasn't done, taking a 43-38 lead on linebacker Jamie Collins' 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Finally, East Carolina set the final margin with Davis' easy touchdown pass to a wide open Bowman, who outran the Southern Miss defense to the end zone.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 14, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    Dave, you are delusional if you think that I said ECU would win a national championship in football or basketball. Lay off the pipe dude. Okay! ECU did'nt show up against UNC in the 2nd half. That is after ECU was up 17-14. Compared to the capability that ECU football has, ECU played the absolute worst half with the sloppiest football ever since the John Thompson days. That's the only reason why ECU got beat that bad. I'll be extremely surprised if that happens again. BTW, that game, UNC had an inelgible full back who did a lot of the damage and they may have to forfeit the wins against ECU and Rutgers. It does not change the fact that UNC does dirty tactics to steal the good recruits. John Blake should never ever hold a position in football again. He and Gary Whichard should be in prison for that. You can't base a team solely on their worst game they played in 6-7 years. You mention that but yet you are afraid to admit that ECU defeated the 2008 Hokies who won the ACC.
  • by Dave Location: 46th floor on Oct 13, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    Yeah Sam we get it. ECU will be national champions in football, baseball, and basketball within the next 10 years and the Carolina Panthers will win two Super Bowls in the next 10 years. Keep dreaming fella!
  • by west florida grad Location: greenville, nc on Oct 13, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    Hey Sam , I'll still take the over on the false starts against the Wolfpack.
  • by "To Anonymous" on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    Yeah, you're right, Sam, the WAC has "gone way up". Boise and Nevada really make for a great conference on their own, right? In that case, you counting Cincy's loss to Fresno as being embarassing actually throws it right in line as the Big East champs losing to a "better conference", rather than slamming State's win. You get what I'm laying down? Don't worry about backtracking like you did on your last post to try and qualify what you said/meant. You seem like a bright enough sports mind, so saying Duke could be GaTech is absurd. GaTech beat UNC, who slaughtered ECU, so as your logic serves me, that means Duke could beat ECU. That sounds irrational, but follows your logic (Apples to oranges, anyone).
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 13, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    To "To Anonymous" I'm talking about the exact same year as the team wins the ACC Championship, not the year before. For example, ECU defeated the 2008 ACC champs in 2008 and the 2nd place Big East team in 2008. Georgia Tech and Cincinatti are nothing like they were last year. Duke or Maryland could probably beat Georgia Tech this year. Cincy lost to Fresno. I'm not saying that CUSA is all that, but they are way better than 2 of those 3 conferences I mentioned earlier, as the WAC has gone way up. ECU wont be in C-USA after the Big East makes it's next expansion and adds the pirates as the next team. Even by then the BCS will probably be busted up and there will be a major change in college football. The BCS is the biggest disgrace in all of sports on any level (from pros down to little league). I don't know what's worse, the BCS or the mosque that may go up in New York. Dave, at least I make points when I spout off that fresh air.
  • by Barry on Oct 12, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    deadfish: You lost credibility around here long ago. Two choices: 1. A school and athletic program that has fought for respect and has had to earn everything it ever accomplished (however small you consider these accomplishments) while being backed by salt-of-the-earth, hard-working people not born of blue-blood money vs. 2. Your school, USC (that you have no affiliation w/), that was born w/ a silver spoon in its mouth, has many Spoiled Children who have never earned a thing in their pampered lives, and have all the college football history it can ever dream of, yet gets slammed by the NCAA by comprising it's integrity, its values, and its soul for a few football wins. Yet you, a blue-collar guy yourself, chooses the spoiled high brows? Too funny! This is testimony to either your wannabe dreams or your poor taste & delusions. I can only hope UNC gets hit worse for cheating; yes cheating. Both the Hippocrates deserve it. Then, USC picks sleazy Kiffin as successor? Lesson NOT learned!
  • by Dave Location: 6 feet over on Oct 12, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    Sam you spout off more hot air than a July windstorm in the Mojave.
  • by "To Anonymous" Location: Reality on Oct 12, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    To Sam: Fact Check for you: You say ECU is the only team to beat the ACC champs over the last decade. I'm assuming in your world that doesn't mean this year, because NCSU beat Ga Tech (the defending ACC champs) and while we're at it, they beat the Big East champs too. About your theory stating that the Big East is better than the ACC, the ACC is 3-1 against the Big East this year, so that logic doesn't carry too much water with me. According to ESPN's conference power rankings, the MWC & WAC are above the ACC, and rightfully so (assuming that right is granted to conferences that play no one and beat only each other). However, CUSA is a hiccup above the MAC & Sun Belt. So any way you slice it, ECU is going to be an outsider to the BCS dance for some time, as I see 2 conferences (WAC & MWC) that will reach AQ status before you guys.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 12, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    Deadhead, it's funny how you mention that, cause ECU is the only team in the state to not only ever finish in the Top 10 to end a season (before CUSA days), but also the only team in the state (except for Wake Forest) to beat the ACC champs over the last decade. If ECU does'nt deserve a BCS conference, then neither should schools like Cincy, South Florida, N.C. State, Washington State, Indiana, and I could go on with several other schools that should'nt be AQ. JD, what are you smoking in your pad? Those 3 conferences, and probably the Mountain West as well are not averaging any more in attendance than CUSA. Those 3 conferences are not as good as CUSA. Not even close! That's why CUSA gets more bowl bids than these other conferences, and that's all earned. To "To Anonymous" the only reason why the ACC champ gets the automatic BCS birth is cause the BCS is a joke, just like Obama's plan. The Mountain West should get the ACC's birth, cause the ACC is not as good as the MWC or Big East.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    Eye - When we choose to approve or reject posts, we don't get to see the post that is being referred to. I'm seeing JD's post right now and, in context, I would have been more likely to approve your post.

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