Pinkney Throws for Three Scores as East Carolina Defeats Rice, 41-28
Oct. 8, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - James Pinkney passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as East Carolina defeated Rice 41-28 on Saturday.
Pinkney completed 22-of-34 passes for a career-high 355 yards and also ran for a team-high 32 yards.
The Pirates scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, the highlight coming on an 81-yard touchdown reception by Chris Johnson that sealed the victory.
East Carolina receiver Aundrae Allison, who caught a game-high seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, set a single-season school record with his fourth 100-yard receiving game. The Pirates (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) matched their best win total from the last two seasons.
Joel Armstrong and Quinton Smith rushed for two touchdowns apiece for the Owls (0-4, 0-2), whose 10th consecutive defeat tied them with Army for the longest losing streak in the nation.
Rice took a 28-24 lead when Smith, who led all rushers with 125 yards, went over the left side for a 19-yard touchdown with 13:18 left.
But on the next possession, Robert Tillman scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run to put East Carolina ahead for good at the 10:37 mark.
After a punt by the Owls pinned the Pirates at their own 3-yard line, Pinkney lofted a pass over the middle to Johnson who ran another 50 yards into the end zone with 6:51 left. Johnson finished with 129 yards on six receptions.
Robert Lee added a 32-yard field goal with less than two minutes to go.