(Birmingham, Alabama) -- ECU wins a shootout in Birmingham beating Conference USA opponent UAB 54-42 to pick up their 6th win of the season and become bowl eligible in Ruffin McNeill's first season with the Pirates.
The teams put up 1,041 yards of total offense.
East Carolina trailed UAB 7-0 in the first quarter. Blazers quarterback Bryan Ellis threw a touchdown pass to tight end Jeffery Anderson. The touchdown capped off a 13 play 72 yard drive for UAB.
ECU answers with a 13 play drive of their own capped off with a touchdown pass from Dominique Davis to lance Lewis. The game is tied 7-7 late in the first quarter.
Lance Lewis now has 10 touchdown catches on the season tying a single-season school record.
UAB took the lead back in the opening minutes of the second quarter when Bryan Ellis threw his second touchdown pass of the game. Ellis to Patrick Hearn to give the Blazers a 14-7 lead.
Later in the second quarter Michael Barbour hit a 52 yard field goal to cut the UAB lead to 14-10. It was Barbour's longest field goal of his career.
Ellis threw his third touchdown of the night late in the first half to running back Pat Shed to give the Blazers a 21-10 lead.
The scoring continued with under three minutes to play in the half when Dominique Davis threw his second touchdown of the game, finding Andrew Bodenheimer for a 29 yard score. That cut the UAB lead to 21-17.
ECU took the lead right before halftime on a nine yard Jonathan Williams touchdown run. The touchdown was set up by a 77 yard pass from Davis to Williams.
UAB opened the second half by marching down the field and scoring on a pass play from Ellis to Roddell Carter who made just his fourth catch of the season but it gave the lead back to UAB at 28-24.
Michael Barbour hit his second field goal of the game later in the 3rd quarter. A 41 yarder to cut the lead to 28-27 on a drive led by backup quarterback Brad Wornick. Wornick was in for the injured Dominique Davis who left the game with what appeared to be an injury to his left shoulder.
The back and forth scoring continued when UAB took the ensuing drive down the field. running back Daniel Borne scored from eight yards out. It's now 35-27 UAB.
With the PIrates trailing in the 4th Giavanni Ruffin, who had well documented legal issues early in the week, showed all is well on the field with a touchdown run to cut the UAB lead to 35-34.
ECU answered a 13 yard touchdown pass from Ellis to Anderson with a touchdown of their own on the next possession. Dominique Davis threw his 29th score of the season passing Jeff Blake's single-season record. A two-point conversion attempt to Dwayne Harris was no good. ECU trailed 42-40.
The Pirates then outscored the Blazers late in the game. Jonathan Williams scored his second touchdown of the game on a pass reception by Davis to give ECU the lead for good in route to a 54-42 victory.