Pirates Win in Overtime Thriller

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- East Carolina placekicker Ben Hartman drilled a 39-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Pirates to a 13-10 win over the University of Central Florida.

The Pirates improved to 5-3 this season, 3-1 in Conference USA play. UCF dropped to 2-6, 1-3.

Hartmans game-winner, the third of his career, followed an interception by Pirates freshman cornerback Emanuel Davis on the first play of overtime. Davis stepped in front of a pass by UCF quarterback Michael Greco, giving the Pirates an opportunity to finish off a rally that started in the final minutes of regulation.

ECU tailback Norman Whitley, who rushed for 135 yards in the game, scored from two yards out with 1:51 left in regulation to tie the game at 10-10.

That started a wild run to the finish with both teams turning the ball over once, but neither could convert.

Greco, who was just 9-of-21 for 142 yards passing, fumbled at the UCF 46 with 33 seconds left. Davis recovered for ECU.

However, Pirates quarterback Rob Kass was intercepted on the next play by Johnell Neal. The Knights ran out the clock to play for overtime.

UCFs defense dominated the game for the first three and a half quarters, but couldnt finish.

The Knights led 10-0 at halftime after a 54-yard scoring pass from Greco to Jamar Newsome and a 49-yard field goal by Daren Daly.

The Knights defense, meanwhile, was manhandling ECUs offense. The Pirates had only 89 yards total offense and converted just one of eight third-down opportunities. Hartman tried to salvage something for ECUs offense, but missed on attempts from 48 and 46 yards.

ECUs defense took over in the third period, limiting UCF to one first down and just seven yards in the quarter. Hartman finally connected, nailing a 27-yard field goal to cut the Pirates deficit to 10-3.


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  • by ROBERT FRANKLIN BARNES Location: KINSTON on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:53 PM
    IT GREAT TO BE THE CHAMPIONS I HAVE PICK E C U , TO BE JUST THAT THE 2008 PLAY/OFF FOR THE CONFERENCE DIVISON OVER TULSA I POSTED THAT E C U , WELL WIN OVER SOUTHERN MISS IN MY FANS CHALLENGING NOW I POSTED THAT THE PIRATES WELL WIN THE TULSA PLAY OFF BY 2 TOUCH DOWN AND 2 FIELD GOLD GO ECU PIRATES YOU ARE NUMBER ONE IN MY BOOK POSTED BY ROBERT
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    Pirate Lady you are definitely one of the good ones! : )
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Nov 9, 2008 at 06:50 AM
    TPL, Mr. T and Dave: TPL glad to see you are back. Dave is a big boy you could have been rougher on him, no big deal! Mr. T. I don't know what to say about a lot of issues. BTW congratulations on your Pirates consecutive victories. Back to posting here I can take anything thrown at me. This blog moderation is NOT consistent. As long as subjects and comments are expressed without profanity and deliberate targeting of issues I just don't see justified the iron clad of the moderators sometimes. This leads me to believe that some are more flexible than others. If we have one assigned to sports more or less permanently we would not have this problem. It is evident that we have maintained our adult and mature approach to the point The Pirate Lady is comfortable expressing her views and her CFB knowledge. Like I said we are adults therefore WHY are we treated with so much censorship? It will be interesting if this post makes it. Thank you
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Nov 8, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    Dave, sweetie, I won't flog you about PSU. I've posted on other articles already how I was disappointed in their loss. I'm just hoping some of my ECU hospitality is rubbing off on you, lol.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Nov 8, 2008 at 05:06 PM
    WELL go ahead and flog me about PSU losing to Iowa. Oh well, the ROSE BOWL is still in hand as long as they win their last two games.
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Nov 8, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    And should my last post make it......I would also like to say I can dish it out and I can take it. It also pains me to know that Dave and I are in agreement on several things. I enjoy, and look forward, to seeing dave and deadfish. They are my two favorite sparring partners. I don't agree with the posting approval either. I get stuff through that is way more controversial that some of the things that don't make it. I believe that if witn banned dave this site wouldn't be what it is. Let dave's stuff in he's livin' here cuz his wife told him to so he's not as big and bad as he makes himself out to be. This is probably the only place he can speak his true opinion without being "grounded" by his wife. You go Mrs. Dave! (Im not in the same boat, but ....might be standing on the pier!)
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Nov 8, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    I am in the same boat you are in, most of what I post doesn't pass the moderators criteria either. But I don't whine when someone insults me either. However, if i was in the middle of Penn State territory blogging about how much of a sissy schedule PSU has and that is the only reason they have the record they do. That in reality they couldn't beat their way out of a wet paper sack and if anyone pulls for them they are all idiots....I would EXPECT to get hammered. Your problem is you do just that in ECU territory and whine if someone says anything about you. I say you mess with a bull, you just might get the horns. (btw, i do think psu has sissy schedule, easiest in all CF, but I do hope when they falsly land in one of the bowls that can result in CFNC I do hope they win.) If you don't want ECU fans calling you a schmuck......then don't insult their team and them personally for pulling for ecu. Both things you have done. If you can't take it, don't dish it out. Do you concur?
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Nov 7, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    Dave: The key word is smell... Sending long stem red roses might work...
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Nov 7, 2008 at 03:49 PM
    Big T 60% of my posts DON'T get posted on here and they are much TAMER than the ones that are posted about me!
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Nov 6, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    Dave, I just saw where you .......whined...about WITN breaking its posting rules. As much crap as you have spun out about people on this site you should be the last, if not myself, to complain about what someone says about you. You have earned, as have i any comment that we receive. That is why we choose to participate. Don't call someone a putz unless you're willing to be called a dufus. I invited John Q Public to criticize me by participating in the public banter. Moderator: I didn't see Bill's comment but would like to. Unless he threatened to "whip dave's @$$" its all fair game. Whoops, thats allowed too though. Remember Dave and Rob I think it was. If Dave can't take it he needs to not dish it out. You know, stay out of the sandbox if he can't play fair. To remove a comment because Dave was insulted is a joke! I am very disappointed
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