East Carolina Wins C-USA Championship

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.

C-USA Championship

Final
East Carolina 27
Tulsa 24

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.


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  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 10, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    Elements needed to get to a better conference: 1. A bigger stadium that holds more than 45,000. 2. Greenville is a very small city, OK? 3. Greenville and surroundings do NOT provide a good recruiting base. 4. Etc., etc, please folks... Thank you
  • by Nick Location: Clinton, NC on Dec 10, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    Great post joepirate. we in fact did beat the ACC champs. But i also think the ACC is a great conf.. the fact that ECU as a C-USA team beating up on ACC teams says a lot them. A few more good seasons, and who's to say we couldn't get a invite to a better conf. As for Skip rinding his dads coat tails, thats just a bunch of bull. don't hate him because his dad taught him how to coach. he is proving that he can win anyway, anywhere.
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Dec 10, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    dirty1=hater. Dont be mad cause we won the conference and had two quality out of conference wins. guess what..we beat the ACC champion. is the ACC a good conference?
  • by ??? Location: ??? on Dec 9, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    Dirty1 you are my idol. Great post
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Dec 9, 2008 at 09:59 AM
    Yes DF but that was done to sweat some cash out of Holland. Check out the Blog Comments on that site. They are even more entertaining than DAVE. She wants to stay here. With all this talk about Cuse playin' in the dome, they think they have it in the bag. But, Mrs Holtz and the boys can't "entertain" themselves on the daily basis in that dome. They will have to break out the parkas and the 4 wheel drive just to get to a town only slightly larger than greenville. Great Lakes vs. Emerald Isle? You have got to be kiddin' me.
  • by Dirty1 Location: Greenville on Dec 9, 2008 at 01:39 AM
    The pirate faithful are so happy and it makes me sick. Play in a good conference and I will give the pirates credit when it is due. And Skip is riding his daddy's coat tail, he will crash and burn at syracuse.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 8, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    Pirate Lady: Come-on? Beautiful women flaunt their beauty! WHY can't I say something nice about USC Trojans defenders? I wasn't trying to offend anyone. BTW check: http://blogs.nfl.com/2008/12/08/saints-marrone-interviews-for-syracuse-job/ According to this article author Mr. Holtz remains the leading candidate.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Dec 8, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    Way to rub it in, df,lol.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 8, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    Mr. T: Thank you, SIR! What is scary and impressive as well even if I say so myself is that SEVEN of those on defense are potential FIRST day NFL rounders. What team in the nation other than USC have a 6'3" 230 pounds safety that runs a 4.25 and is the fastest on the team. He is faster than any receiver, RB or CB on the team! Texas against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, that stinks. Texas against Alabama would have been a better game. President elect Mr. Obama is right we need a play-off system and all that political BS would be put to rest. BTW I got a cruel but true joke for you! Skips wife bought an orange sweater according to!: http://www.syracuse.com/orangefootball/ Take care
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    Way to go Pirates! From 3-3 to 9-4 and CUSA Champs. Way to hang during tough times. See you at the Liberty Bowl.
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