East Carolina Falls Short Against Memphis, 27-24

UABSPORTS.COM Memphis defender Wesley Smith, top, moves in for a hit on East Carolina's Bobby Good, bottom, during the third quarter. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)
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Memphis defender Wesley Smith, top, moves in for a hit on East Carolina's Bobby Good, bottom, during the third quarter. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)
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Oct. 22, 2005

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - DeAngelo Williams rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead Memphis to a 27-24 victory over East Carolina.

Williams, who had a career-high 39 rushes in the game, scored on a pair of 1-yard runs as the Tigers (4-3, 3-2 Conference USA) snapped East Carolina's two-game winning streak.

The Pirates (3-4, 2-2) had cut the Tigers' lead to 20-17 on James Pinkney's 6-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson with 10:25 left.

But the Tigers answered with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 8:08. Quarterback Maurice Avery's 1-yard sneak capped the drive and preserved the Memphis victory.

Pinkney hit Phillip Henry with a 2-yard scoring pass with 10 seconds left for the final score.

Pinkney finished 26-of-46 passing for 297 yards, the bulk of the Pirates' 343 yards of offense. It was his seventh consecutive game with 200-plus passing yards, tying a school record.

Aundrae Allison had 10 catches for 108 yards, his fifth game of the season with more than 100 yards in receptions.

 

 

Stephen Gostkowski booted a career-long 51-yard field goal to open the Memphis scoring. The Pirates blocked another Gostkowski attempt - from 39 yards - at the close of the half.

Memphis held a 20-10 lead entering the fourth after the Pirates scored on a 27-yard field goal by Robert Lee and a 27-yard pass from Pinkney to Allison.