ECU Beats UAB 54-42, Become Bowl Eligible

(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.

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  • by Bud Location: Washington on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    Wow this is hilarious. UNC fans wanna pull a typical ACC comment and shout about another sport when the very article they're commenting on has nothing to do with the school they support OR the sport they're talking about! Geez, your lives away from must stank! To the double poster "Cheese" and "College", clearly you went to college never. To defend someone by saying "well they just got caught" is beyond ridiculous, it's laughable! And deadfish would be giddy like a girl to correct your terrible grammar, whew lordy! I wonder what brings more negative attention on ESPN? NCAA investigations and sanctions or a player missing a court date? I know which brings out more haters and hypocrites though! And the statement about 76 points is ignorant as well. Wisconsin just laid 80 on Indiana. Now get back in the barn and milk those cows! I bet later you're gonna take a ride on your big green tractor. Git er done!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    Proud alum is riding on the bandwagon since they root for teams that win a lot.
  • by proud alum on Nov 14, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    @ college, I am a proud graduate of ecu in fact I graduated twice with a BS and a MBA. Guess what my favorite college basketball team is the Pirates to! My favorite pro teams are Cowboys,Lakers and Yankees. I was catching imaginary passes from Staubach , getting passes from Magic and striking out a batter just like catfish hunter and goose Gossage when I was a wee kid, so I understand fans, win or lose I love the Pirates,Cowboys,Yankees and Lakers! Yes if the Pirates aren't playing I rooted for Duke in the finals,UNC the year before and NC state if they were playing to, bottom line sports are to be fun to all us fans not something to get mad over, lets say your a state fan , celebrate the fact you are going bowling not being bitter about a game a month ago, have a nice day college and relax and enjoy life and your favorite nfl team today!
  • by skeeter Location: raleigh on Nov 13, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    I am sure some of you would be "happy" to sit in the stands and watch a game where ECU scored 50 or 60 points and the opponent team only scored 7 to 15! That would be a "boring" game for most of us. an ECU graduate (twice)
  • by Dave Location: Logic on Nov 13, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    Since ECU fans feel that in order to be a FAN you HAVE to presently go to ECU or GRADUATED from ECU, does that mean that those who are under 18 years old cannot be fans since neither applies to them?
  • by College Location: WHAT!!! on Nov 13, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    Again you EZU people want to know what College people went to. Well let me ask you something. Since i'm sure you have a PRO team you pull for, WHAT PRO team did you play for. That What I Thought!!! Get over it !!! It's called fans !!! Ya'll could learn from these comments here. Stick with your school in all sports and quit jumping the Pirate Ship come Basketball Season. Remember the movie Field of Dreams and the saying if you build it they will come. Show up like ya'll do at Football Games and I bet you will see a lot better talent show up before long. Good Luck !!
  • by Guru on Nov 12, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    What team isn't Bowl eligible anymore since there are about 40 Bowl games?
  • by West Florida Grad Location: Greenville, N. C. on Nov 12, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    Great win, I am glad Skip is at UCF. With Skip's play calling and the poor "D" this year our Pirates would be 1 and 9 to this piont.Be thankful my friend and Just remember "Fear the Goat".
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Nov 12, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    Posted by: Do Ya'll Need Some Cheese Location: With That Wine. on Nov 12, 2010 at 04:34 PM What college do you pretend that you graduated from? LOL!!!!!
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Nov 12, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    Bubba - Thanks for the recognition. Your post from 9:34 this morning is on here. The word "butt" gets caught up in a blocked filter that we have to go through manually and review about once a day.

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