East Carolina's 17-Point Fourth Quarter Lifts Pirates to 34-29 Win Over Herd


Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for a career-high 187 yards Saturday against East Carolina (PHOTO by Rasmi Sporny)

Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for a career-high 187 yards Saturday against East Carolina (PHOTO by Rasmi Sporny)

Nov. 19, 2005

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HUNTINGTON - Ahmad Bradshaw (Bluefield, Va./Graham) rushed for a career-high 187 yards with two touchdowns, but East Carolina's Chris Johnson's three touchdown runs lifted the Pirates to a 34-29 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd Saturday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Johnson led East Carolina (4-6, 3-4 C-USA) with 106 rushing yards on 18 carries. James Pinkney completed 17-of-25 passing for 219 yards with an interception.

The five-point loss gave Marshall (4-6, 3-4 C-USA) its first three-loss home record in the 15-year history of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. It also snapped Marshall's 21 consecutive non-losing seasons streak, which was the fourth-longest in the nation.

Thundering Herd junior quarterback Jimmy Skinner (Chillicothe, Ohio/Chillicothe) finished with 191 yards through the air on 26-of-33 passing with a pair of touchdowns and an interception.

Hiram Moore (Huntington, W.Va./Huntington) and Shawn Lauzon (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) led Marshall receivers with 53 yards each. Bradshaw added 51 yards on a game-high eight catches.

Bradshaw's third 100-yard rushing performance in the last four games gives him 908 total rushing yards on the season. He needs 92 yards to become the 12th running back in school history to tally 1,000 rushing yards in a single-season.

ECU's Kevin Roach led all receivers with 61 yards on four catches. Aundrae Allison added 56 yards on five catches.

Marshall struck first with a quick eight-play, 80-yard drive, spanning 3:44 to take a 6-0 first quarter lead. Bradshaw scored his eighth touchdown of the season, after bouncing off the right side from 14 yards out. David DeFatta's (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) point after attempt was blocked by ECU.

 

 

On East Carolina's opening drive, C.J. Spillman (Louisville, Ky./Central) intercepted a Pinkney pass and returned it 60 yards to the ECU 1-yard line. However, Bradshaw fumbled the ball back to ECU two plays later.

Marshall increased its first quarter lead to 13-0 after Skinner connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Lauzon with 3:27 left in the opening quarter.

ECU put together a drive late in the first quarter and finally scored on a 26-yard Robert Lee field goal at the 14:15 mark of the second quarter. Lee's 15th field goal of the season cut the Thundering Herd lead to 13-3.

Nine minutes later, the Herd saw its lead dwindle to three points, 13-10, after Johnson pounded in a two-yard touchdown run.

Marshall would respond with Bradshaw's second touchdown run of the game - this time an eight-yard effort to extend the Herd lead back to double digits, 20-10.

However, the Herd's 10-point lead didn't last long as Johnson notched his second touchdown run of the night. His 16-yard score gave ECU 17 second quarter points and cut the Herd lead again to three points, 20-17, with 41 seconds left in the first half.

Bradshaw led all rushers with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 18 first-half carries. Bradshaw's 143 first half yards are the most by a Herd running back in a half this season. Skinner connected on 10-of-15 passing for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Lauzon led the Herd receiving corps with 36 yards on three catches with a score.

Johnson led the Pirates with 60 rushing yards on 10 carries and a pair of scores. Pinkney finished the first half with 123 yards on 9-of-13 passing. Allison had a half-high 37 receiving yards on three catches.

For the second week in a row, the Herd allowed more than 245 yards of total offense in a half. ECU's 264 yards of offensive production are the most allowed by Marshall this season in a half.

The third quarter proved to be lowest scoring one of the game, as the Thundering Herd could only muster a 32-yard field goal by Ian O'Connor (Knoxville, Tenn./Halls) which gave Marshall a 23-17 lead.

Junior college transfer quarterback Derek Devine (Wilsonville, Ore./Canby) made his 2005 Thundering Herd debut late in the third quarter. On fourth down, Devine lined up deep in punt formation and heaved a pass to Moore, but it fell incomplete at the ECU 2-yard line.

East Carolina took its first lead of the game, 24-23, with 14:13 remaining in regulation on a 19-yard touchdown run by Dominique Lindsay.

Johnson extended ECU's lead to 31-23 after he scored his third rushing touchdown of the game - a two-yard rush around left side at the 7:55 mark of the fourth quarter.

With 49 seconds remaining, Skinner connected with Moore on an eight-yard touchdown score, cutting the Pirates' lead to 34-29, but the Herd's two-point conversion was unsuccessful.