East Carolina pulls off OT win over UTEP

East Carolina pulled of a crucial road win against UTEP this past Saturday.

Oct. 13
East Carolina 45 ... UTEP 42 OT
UTEP got a 45--yard field goal from Jose Martinez in overtime, but ECU QB Rob Kass plunged in for a one-yard score to pull off a wild win. The Miners appeared to have the game won, as Marcus Thomas tore off a 31-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds to play, but the Pirates put it into overtime on a 34-yard Juwon Crowell touchdown catch with no time left on the clock. The two teams traded scores throughout, with Thomas starting things off with a 42-yard scoring catch, and ECU taking an early lead with a 50-yard Van Eskridge fumble recovery for a score. In the third quarter, ECU came up with a few haymakers, getting a 57-yard Dwayne Harris touchdown run and an 80-yard Jamar Bryant touchdown catch to go up ten. But UTEP would respond with the third of Martinez's four field goals and a 17-yard Jeff Moturi touchdown grab early in the fourth before the fireworks at the end. UTEP cranked out 589 yards of total offense, while ECU came up with 507.

Player of the game: In a losing cause, UTEP QB Trevor Vittatoe completed 38 of 55 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns with an interception

Stat Leaders: East Carolina - Passing: Rob Kass, 18-32, 219 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chris Johnson, 23-126. Receiving: Jamar Bryant, 7-133, 1 TD
UTEP - Passing: Trevor Vittatoe, 38-55, 409 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Marcus Thomas, 22-103, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeff Moturi, 12-113, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... If this wasn't a charmed season before, it is now. With the way Rob Kass led the team to a late touchdown to force overtime against UTEP, and with the scoring run to win it, this is a hot team that has control of the Conference USA race with all the lightweights ahead. Now the tough part is over. If ECU is as good as it's been playing, at least offensively, it should be able to roll through UAB, Memphis, Marshall and Tulane without breathing hard. However, getting more from the secondary would be nice.

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