UPDATE: ECU Becomes Bowl Eligible, Beat FIU 34-13

MIAMI (AP) - Shane Carden tossed three first-half touchdown passes as East Carolina pulled away for a 34-13 win over FIU on Saturday.

Carden connected with Justin Hardy for a 44-yard score on East Carolina's first drive, putting the Pirates (6-2, 4-1 Conference USA) up 7-0. Later in the half Carden threw touchdown passes on consecutive drives, hooking up with DaQuan Barnes for a 26-yard score and then Vintavious Cooper for a 2-yarder. Carden tallied 264 yards passing.

FIU (1-7, 1-3) cut the lead to 21-13 with a field goal in the third quarter, but in the fourth East Carolina scored on a 35-yard wide receiver pass from Hardy to Isaiah Jones and Cooper ran for a 2-yard touchdown for the final margin. Hardy finished with five catches for 136 yards.

East Carolina reached bowl eligibility for the seventh time in the last eight years with the victory.
East Carolina is now bowl-eligible after they won their 6th game of the year Saturday. The Pirates topped FIU 34-13.
Vintavious Cooper scored his second touchdown of the game as ECU now comfortably leads 34-13.
Justin Hardy, who played quarterback at West Craven High School, threw a 35 yard touchdown pass on the run to Isaiah Jones to push ECU's lead to 28-13 against FIU in the 4th quarter.
Another FIU field goal has brought the Panthers back to 21-13 against ECU in the third quarter.
Florida International scored on a short touchdown run but the Pirates still lead 21-10 late in the 2nd quarter.
Shane Carden scrambled then found Vintavious Cooper for a touchdown to make it 21-3 ECU in the second quarter against FIU.
A swing pass for a touchdown to DaQuan Barnes has put the Pirates up 14-3 against FIU in the first half.
An FIU field goal has cut ECU's lead to 7-3 in the first quarter.
Shane Carden hooked up with Justin Hardy to put ECU up 7-0 against Florida International in the first quarter.

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