Pirates Handle Green Wave, 35-12
Nov. 24, 2007
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Chris Johnson ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass as East Carolina beat Tulane 35-12 in a Conference USA game Saturday.
Tulane's Matt Forte ran for 120 yards on 25 carries to finish the season with 2,127 yards. His season total is the seventh-best in major college football history.
Kevin Smith from Central Florida went over 2,000 yards rushing Saturday and took the national lead from Forte with 2,164.
East Carolina (7-5, 6-2 Conference USA), which has won six of the last seven against Tulane, has never lost at home in the series. The Pirates kept alive their slim hopes for a berth in the conference championship game, but those hopes were dashed when Central Florida defeated UTEP.
Johnson, who scored on runs of five and seven yards, finished with 155 yards on 27 carries. He also caught four passes for 85 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass.
Kicker Ben Hartman set an East Carolina school record by running his streak of successful point-after-touchdown kicks to 54.
Tulane (4-8, 3-5 Conference USA) could muster only a pair of first-quarter field goals by Ross Thevenot and a late rushing touchdown by Forte.