TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Ben Hartman kicked a 36-yard field goal with
1:43 remaining, and East Carolina took advantage of seven turnovers
to beat Tulsa 27-24 Saturday in the Conference USA championship
game for its first league title in 32 years.
The Pirates (9-4), who made a splash early this season with
back-to-back upsets of Top 25 teams Virginia Tech and West
Virginia, earned a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
East Carolina used the league's best defense to create havoc for
David Johnson, the nation's top-rated passer. Johnson threw a
career-high five interceptions, including one that was returned 72
yards for a touchdown by Travis Simmons, and also fumbled.
East Carolina 27
1st Quarter Summary:
-ECU quarterback Patrick Pinkney capped off an opening drive with a touchdown pass to fullback Kevin Gidrey.
-ECU defensive back Travis Simmons returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown.
-Tulsa running back Tarrion Adams rushes for his 10th touchdown of the season.
-Tulsa field goal
2nd Quarter Summary:
-Tulsa's Adams scores his 2nd touchdown of the game, 1 yard out.
-ECU's Ben Hartman hits 32 yard field goal.
3rd Quarter Summary
-ECU running back Norman Whitley scores on a 69 yard touchdown run.
4th Quarter Summary
-Tulsa QB Dave Johnson finds Jacob Collums for an 8 yard score to tie the game.
-ECU Ben Hartman hits 36 yard field goal.
Billy Weaver is at the game and will have a full report tonight on WITN News.