James Pinkney attempts a pass under pressure.
Oct. 29, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Mike Walker caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Central Florida came back to defeat East Carolina 30-20 on Saturday.
Quarterback Steven Moffett threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Walker with 9:12 remaining to give the Golden Knights (5-3, 4-1 Conference USA) the lead for good.
Moffett, who threw a touchdown pass for the 11th consecutive game, connected with Walker again for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 4:00 left.
Jason Peters rushed for a game-high 114 yards and scored two first-half touchdowns for Central Florida, which overcame a season-high 542 yards of total offense by the Pirates (3-5, 2-3), who also committed a season-high six turnovers.
Brandon Fractious rushed for a career-high 107 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his career, the second one giving East Carolina a 20-17 lead with 12:14 to go.
On the ensuing possession, the Golden Knights drove 80 yards in nine plays, and Moffett found Walker over the top of East Carolina's secondary for the deciding score. Following Pirates quarterback James Pinkney's season-high third interception, the duo of Moffett and Walker sealed the victory on another deep ball over the middle.
Walker finished with seven receptions for 110 yards.
East Carolina fought back from a 17-3 halftime deficit. Fractious scored on a 26-yard run with 5:03 to go in the third quarter, and Robert Lee kicked a field goal to make it 17-13 going into the final period.
The Golden Knights took advantage, rolling up 195 rushing yards before halftime.
Central Florida's first score came in the first quarter after East Carolina's Travis Williams muffed a punt inside his own 5-yard line. The Golden Knights recovered at the 1, and Peters bulled into the end zone two plays later.
With the score 10-3 midway through the second quarter, Peters broke loose for a 67-yard touchdown run down the left sideline to give Central Florida a two-touchdown advantage.