Nov. 8, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Ben Hartman kicked four field goals, including a 27-yarder in overtime, leading East Carolina to a 19-16 win over Marshall on Saturday.
It was East Carolina's second consecutive overtime victory after defeating Central Florida 13-10 on another Hartman field goal last week.
Hartman, who also kicked field goals of 31, 51 and 21 yards, missed a 42-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter after Marshall (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) tied the game with 1:33 left on Mark Cann's 34-yard touchdown pass to Cody Slate, their second score of the game.
The Pirates (6-3, 4-1) exacted revenge on the Thundering Herd and took sole possession of first place in the Conference USA's East Division. Marshall dashed East Carolina's conference title hopes last year when the Thundering Herd defeated the Pirates 26-7.
The Pirates put themselves in the driver's seat for a chance to play the winner of Conference USA's West Division winner. Tulsa, undefeated in conference play at 5-0, leads the West.
Pat Pinkney, who keyed East Carolina's season-opening upsets of Virginia Tech and West Virginia, returned to the starting quarterback job and went 26-for-37 for 290 yards and one touchdown.
Pinkney's found Davon Drew on a 5-yard touchdown pass to cap a nine-play, 73-yard drive with less than two minutes in the half to take a 13-3 lead.
Marshall's Darius Marshall rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries.