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East Carolina Outlasts Alabama-Birmingham 42-35

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Shane Carden threw for 386 yards and East Carolina pulled out a 42-35 victory over Alabama-Birmingham in a see-saw, Conference USA contest Saturday night.

The lead changed hands four times after the Pirates (5-3, 4-1) drew first blood, with Carden tossing the winning score to Justin Hardy early in the fourth quarter.

East Carolina held leads of 10-0 and 13-7, but fell into a 21-13 hole when Austin Brown found Sam Accursio for a 4-yard passing touchdown midway through the third.

Vintavious Cooper cut the lead to 21-20 with a 1-yard touchdown run, and then Carden hit Cooper for a 30-yard touchdown pass to vault the Pirates ahead.

The Blazers (1-6, 0-3) regained the lead when Brown found Kennard Backman for a 9-yard score, but then yielded consecutive Pirates' touchdowns -- including Carden's pass to Hardy -- and couldn't overtake the lead again.

Carden finished 23-of-35 passing with two scores.

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ECU notched its 5th win of the year in beating UAB 42-35 Saturday night in Birmingham.

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Darrin Reaves scored his second rushing touchdown of the game to pull the Blazers to within a score at 42-35 late in the fourth quarter.

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Vintavious Cooper scored from 1 yard out to push ECU's lead to 42-28 in the fourth quarter against UAB.

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Shane Carden threw a touchdown pass to Justin Hardy who made a juggling catch to put ECU in front 35-27 in the fourth quarter.

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Austin Brown threw his third touchdown pass of the game to put UAB up 28-27 in the fourth quarter.

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Shane Carden found Vintavious Cooper on a 30-yard touchdown connection to put ECU back on top 27-21.

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Vintavious Cooper scored from a yard out on fourth and goal to bring the Pirates back to within a point at 21-20.

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Austin Brown threw his second touchdown pass of the game to extend UAB's lead to 21-13 over ECU in the third quarter.

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Austin Brown threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jamarcus Nelson to put UAB up 14-13 against East Carolina in the second quarter.

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Warren Harvey kicked his second field goal of the night to put ECU on top 13-7 against UAB in the second quarter.

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Darrin Reaves punched in a score from a yard out to cut into ECU's lead. The Pirates now hold a 10-7 advantage.

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Warren Harvey connected on a 20-yard field goal to extend East Carolina's lead to 10-0 against UAB.

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Michael Dobson scored from a yard out to put ECU up 7-0 in the first quarter against UAB.

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The ECU Pirates will look for another conference win when they take on the UAB Blazers tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Birmingham, Alabama in a game you can see live on WITN.

The Pirates head into the game fresh off a 41-7 pounding of Memphis on homecoming and the offense seems to have finally shifted into high gear behind first year quarterback Shane Carden. The Pirates have won five straight and six of the last seven meetings against the Blazers who head into the game with a 1-5 record, 0-2 in the conference. The pirates are 4-3 and 3-1 in C-USA.

The Pirates are a 3-point favorite.

WITN will air the game live following the 3:30 p.m. game between unbeaten Notre Dame and BYU.


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