#14 East Carolina Outlasts Green Wave

Tulane (0-2, 0-1) dropped its home and conference opener to #14 East Carolina (3-0, 1-0) 28-24. Special teams once again cost the Green Wave when linebacker Quentin Cotton returned a blocked field goal 44 yards to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter.

Tulane would answer when Andre Anderson scored on a 1-yard run with 59 seconds remaining in the half. East Carolina took a 14-7 lead with 9:55 remaining in the 3rd quarter when running back Brandon Williams scored from 3 yards out. Tulane answered less than two minutes later when Kevin Moore found Jeremy Williams open in the middle of the field for a 47-yard scoring strike. Not to be outdone, East Carolina's Patrick Pickney hit Norman Whitley for a 51-yard touchdown with 5:45 left in the third quarter. The Pirates led 21-14. Tulane once again pulled even on a one yard run by Anderson.

Tulane took their first lead of the season early in the fourth quarter on a 28-yard field goal by Ross Thevenot. Trailing 24-21, East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pickney took over on the game-winning drive which culminated with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Jamar Bryant giving ECU the 28-24 victory.

Offensively, Tulane kept pace with East Carolina as the Pirates held a slight edge in total offense 316 to 312. However, Tulane held the advantage in virtually every other statistical category, save the final score. Tulane led in time of possession 34:01 to 25:59. The Green Wave also forced 4 turnovers while committing two. Tulane's defense was once again quite effective, holding the Pirates to 56 yards rushing and 1.9 yards per rush. When Pickney threw the ball, he was under constant pressure as the Green Wave defense recorded 5 sacks.

Individually, Andre Anderson turned in a blue-collar performance rushing for 82 yards on 33 carries (2.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also hauled in 5 passes for 29 yards. Kevin Moore completed 21 of 37 pass attempts for 236 yards and one touchdown. Moore was intercepted twice. Jeremy Williams was the Green Wave leading receiver with 8 catches for 138 yards and one score. Defensively, linebacker Devin Holland and cornerback Phillip Davis tied for the team lead with 6 tackles.

Tulane returns to action, Saturday, September 20th against Louisiana-Monroe at the Louisiana Superdome. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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