Pirates Melt Down in 4th

East Carolina battled evenly for three quarters on Saturday, but another fourth quarter collapse dooms Pirates (1-7, 1-3) in a 36-20 C-USA loss to Louisville (7-1, 3-1).

Tied at 13-13 Louisville outscored the home team 23-7 in the last period to blow open the tight contest.

Pirate quarterback Desmond Robinson had his best day ever completing 24 of 42 passes for 291 yards, with one touchdown strike, and one interception.

ECU receiver Terrance Copper broke Troy Smith's single season total number of receptions record with his 10 catches for 142 yards.

Box Score (Final) Louisville vs East Carolina (Oct 25, 2003 at Greenville, NC)

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Louisville.......... 7 3 3 23 - 36 Record: (7-1,3-1) East Carolina....... 0 3 10 7 - 20 Record: (1-7,1-3)

Scoring Summary: 1st 03:17 LOU - SHELTON, Eric 3 yd run (SMITH, Nate kick), 13-62 5:09, LOU 7 - ECU 0 2nd 12:54 ECU - BROADWELL, Cam 21 yd field goal, 5-52 2:00, LOU 7 - ECU 3 08:21 LOU - SMITH, Nate 42 yd field goal, 8-30 4:33, LOU 10 - ECU 3 3rd 11:50 ECU - TOWNES, Marvin 9 yd run (BROADWELL, Cam kick), 9-80 3:10, LOU 10 - ECU 10 07:23 LOU - SMITH, Nate 29 yd field goal, 11-53 4:27, LOU 13 - ECU 10 03:37 ECU - BROADWELL, Cam 38 yd field goal, 12-49 3:46, LOU 13 - ECU 13 4th 14:51 LOU - SMITH, Nate 31 yd field goal, 10-62 3:46, LOU 16 - ECU 13 06:47 LOU - RUSSELL, J.R. 35 yd pass from LeFORS, Stefan (SMITH, Nate kick), 3-67 1:20, LOU 23 - ECU 13 02:18 LOU - GATES, Lionel 13 yd run (SMITH, Nate kick), 6-37 3:01, LOU 30 - ECU 13 00:24 ECU - COPPER, Terranc 2 yd pass from ROBINSON, Desmo (BROADWELL, Cam kick), 9-77 1:54, LOU 30 - ECU 20 00:00 LOU - PATTERSON, T.J. 42 yd run, 3-50 0:24, LOU 36 - ECU 20 LOU ECU FIRST DOWNS................... 26 24 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 45-305 37-166 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 187 291 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 28-17-0 42-24-1 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 73-492 79-457 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 1-11 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 3-67 4-67 Interception Returns-Yards.... 1-0 0-0 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 2-41.5 2-44.0 Fumbles-Lost.................. 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards............... 6-46 4-33 Possession Time............... 29:27 30:33 Third-Down Conversions........ 5 of 14 9 of 16 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 2 of 4 0 of 3 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 5-5 3-3 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 0-0 0-0

RUSHING: Louisville-SHELTON, Eric 24-118; PATTERSON, T.J. 3-50; LeFORS, Stefan 7-48; BUSH, Michael 5-33; HASKINS, Robert 1-30; GATES, Lionel 5-26. East Carolina-TOWNES, Marvin 20-82; ROBINSON, Desmo 10-55; LEACH, Vonta 5-25; TILLMAN, Robert 2-4.

PASSING: Louisville-LeFORS, Stefan 17-27-0-187; BUSH, Michael 0-1-0-0. East Carolina-ROBINSON, Desmo 24-42-1-291.

RECEIVING: Louisville-RUSSELL, J.R. 5-77; GHENT, Ronnie 3-31; BUSH, Michael 3-13; JONES, Tiger 2-18; HASKINS, Robert 2-12; TINCH, Joshua 1-25; OWENS, Richard 1-11. East Carolina-COPPER, Terranc 10-142; GOOD,Bobby 5-28; TOWNES, Marvin 3-32; HOURIGAN, Richa 2-52; RIOS, Edwin 1-20; ROACH, Kevin 1-14; TILLMAN, Robert 1-6; ROBINSON, Desmo 1-minus 3.

INTERCEPTIONS: Louisville-HARRIS, Antoine 1-0. East Carolina-None.

FUMBLES: Louisville-None. East Carolina-None.

Stadium: Dowdy-Ficklen Attendance: 33420 Kickoff time: 2:05 End of Game: 5:05 Total elapsed time: 3:00 Officials: Referee: Al Riveron; Umpire: Ruben Fowler; Linesman: Morrie Scherren; Line judge: George Geiss; Back judge: Andy Panucci; Field judge: Avery Field; Side judge: David Epperly; Temperature: 64 Wind: SSE 5mph Weather: Cloudy


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