TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Andre Hall ran for a game-high 161 yards and added a touchdown as South Florida downed East Carolina 41-17 on Saturday night.
Quarterback Pat Julmiste threw for 233 yards and ran for another 69 to lead the Bulls, who kept their slim chances for their first bowl bid alive.
It was the second consecutive win for South Florida (4-4, 3-3) while East Carolina (2-7, 2-5) dropped its second straight.
The Bulls dominated on both sides of the ball in the first half leading the Pirates 151-24 in rushing and putting up 254 yards in the half.
South Florida went up 24-3 on its first drive of the third quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run from Hall, who appeared to be down in the backfield before escaping through the middle.
Just as it appeared to be a rout as USF started another long drive, Hall fumbled and Jamar Flournoy returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to cut it to 24-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Julmiste started the fourth quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run, but the Pirates came back with an 18-yard pass from James Pinkney to Chris Johnson to make it 31-17.
The Bulls scored the last 10 points of the game to seal the win.
Sophomore Kevin Roach and freshman Travis Williams recorded their first career starts for East Carolina.
Chris Moore's fumble recovery in the second quarter was the second of his career and first since Nov. 8, 2003 against USF.
ECU has forced one turnover in 8 of its last 9 games.
Sophomore Kevin Roach completed his first career pass for 25 yards to Chris Johnson. Roach's pass was the second time this season that a non-quarterback completed a pass, and it was the first for positive yards. It was also the longest non-quarterback pass since Arnie Powell's 33-yard completion to Aaron Harris on Nov. 18, 2000.
With Cameron Broadwell's 20-yard field goal and James Pinkney's 18-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson, the Pirates are a perfect 17-of-17 in the red-zone since Sept. 25, 2004 against Cincinnati.
ECU has gone 87 consecutive games (1997-present) with out being shutout, which is the second longest streak in school history. The school record was 110 games set from 1971 to 1981.
Roach set a career-high with five receptions for 47-yards.
Quarterback James Pinkney needs 156 passing yards to reach 2,000 for his career.
With his 14 completions, Pinkney has moved in to seventh place on the ECU's all-time completions list with 204.
Wide receiver Bryson Bowling tied a career-high for receptions with two for 18-yards.
Pinkney's 18-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson extends his streak to nine games. It is the longest streak since David Garrard threw a touchdown in 14 straight games from 1999-2001.
Pinkney's 131 –yard effort vs. USF was his ninth-straight triple-digit passing effort – the longest streak by a Pirate signal caller Garrard threw for 100 yards or more in 13 consecutive games during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Jamar Flournoy's 36-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first of his career. It was the longest return for a touchdown since Kelly Hardy's 82-yard touchdown against West Virginia (Sept. 28, 2002). The last time a Pirate recovered a fumble for a touchdown was Nov. 8, 2003 when Guy Whimper ran one in for seven yards against USF.
Broadwell has converted PATs in 18 consecutive games and has booted field goals in 18 of 21 games played.
Patrick Dosh had his first career fumble recovery for three yards in the fourth quarter.