Rookie QB, big plays torpedo Pirates
By The Associated Press
GREENVILLE — Freshman
Kevin Kolb threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Middleton and Anthony
Evans added a 48-yard touchdown run as Houston beat East Carolina 27-13
Will Gulley had two interceptions for the Cougars (4-1), who won their
Conference USA opener for the first time in three seasons. Under
first-year coach Art Briles, Houston is off to its best start since
winning the first eight games of the 1990 season.
Marvin Townes rushed for a career-high 118 yards for the Pirates (0-5,
0-2), who have lost seven straight games. East Carolina is off to its
worst start since going 0-6 to start the 1986 season.
Kolb was 18-of-27 for 263 yards and has still thrown just one
interception this season.
East Carolina had 200 total yards with quarterbacks Desmond Robinson and
Paul Troth combining to go 10-of-27 with three interceptions.
The Pirates had struggled all season in just about every area, being
outscored 160-29 and committing 16 turnovers in four games. The Pirates
had committed five turnovers in each of the last three games.
They continued that trend Tuesday, with Robinson throwing two first-half
interceptions before being pulled for Troth. The Cougars scored a
touchdown and field goal on the ensuing possessions, helping them to a
20-10 halftime lead.
The Pirates got within 20-13 on a field goal by Cameron Broadwell early
in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars sealed it with Evans' TD run down
the right sideline.
Middleton gave Houston a 7-3 lead with his 30-yard touchdown catch. His
65-yard scoring play came 10 seconds after the Pirates had taken a 10-7
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