Oct. 20, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Shane Carden threw for 386 yards and East Carolina pulled out a 42-35 victory over UAB in a see-saw, Conference USA contest Saturday night.
The lead changed hands four times after the Pirates (5-3, 4-1) drew first blood, with Carden tossing the winning score to Justin Hardy early in the fourth quarter.
East Carolina held leads of 10-0 and 13-7, but fell into a 21-13 hole when Austin Brown found Sam Accursio for a 4-yard passing touchdown midway through the third. Brown finished the game with 319 passing yards and three touchdown passes as he hit 22-of-37.
Vintavious Cooper cut the lead to 21-20 with a 1-yard touchdown run, and then Carden hit Cooper for a 30-yard touchdown pass to vault the Pirates ahead.
The Blazers (1-6, 0-3) regained the lead when Brown found Kennard Backman for a 9-yard score, but then yielded consecutive Pirates' touchdowns - including Carden's pass to Hardy - and couldn't overtake the lead again.Down 42-28 with 6:53 to play, the Blazers marched 71 yards on 10 plays with running back Darrin Reaves culminating the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run. Reaves finished with 69 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Reaves has six touchdowns this season with all of them coming in the past four games.
UAB wide receiver Nick Adams finished with a career-best 114 receiving yards on four catches.
Carden finished 23-of-35 passing with two scores.