Pirates prevail in struggle between the
By The Associated Press
Game No. 7 Vitals: ECU at Army
WEST POINT — After seven
tries, East Carolina coach John Thompson finally has his first victory,
and Pirates running back Marvin Townes had a lot to do with it.
Townes ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns as East Carolina (1-6, 0-3
C-USA) beat Army 38-32 on Saturday in a game that matched winless teams.
Army (0-7, 0-5) lost its first game under interim coach John Mumford,
who replaced the fired Todd Berry earlier in the week.
"Marvin and the offensive line were the difference," Thompson said. "We
just kept feeding it to him. A lot of times teams in our position find a
way to shoot themselves in the foot. I'm just so proud of our guys."
Desmond Robinson completed 17 of 23 passes for 163 yards and ran for a
touchdown to help the Pirates snap an eight-game losing streak.
Army extended its losing streak to nine games and has lost 12 in a row
The Black Knights scored on their first play from scrimmage, with Zac
Dahman hitting Aaron Alexander with a 28-yard TD pass. The play was set
up by William White's 67-yard kickoff return. It was Army's first
offensive TD in the first half this season.
Army, which entered the game leading the nation with 24 turnovers, lost
the ball at crucial times again.
Army marched 88 yards to the ECU 11, but Dahman's pass was intercepted
by Erode Jean.
ECU got the ball at the Army 15 with 1:47 left in the quarter after Kort
Shankweiler recovered Ray Stith's fumble on a punt return. Townes scored
three plays later on a 4-yard run.
"We're not a football team that can have long drives or big plays
against us and we're not a team that can go out and play giveaway,"
Mumford said. "Next week the coaches are going to be extremely demanding
on execution. I think we got the physical part done today."
The Pirates took a 14-7 lead on Townes' 2-yard plunge with 9:13 left in
the second quarter. The run capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive.
ECU added another touchdown with 5:28 left in the half on a 10-yard run
Army got back in the game when linebacker Greg Washington intercepted
Robinson's pass at the Army 48, returned the ball 20 yards and pitched
the ball to Ryan Kent, who carried it to the 12. Carlton Jones scored on
a 2-yard run two plays later to make it 21-14.
East Carolina opened the third quarter with Cameron Broadwell's 43-yard
field goal and Townes added his third TD on a 2-yard run with 3 seconds
left in the quarter.
Richard Moton returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth
quarter to give ECU a 38-14 lead.
Jones scored his second touchdown and Anthony Zurisko added a 33-yard
field goal in the fourth quarter. An 80-yard drive capped by Lamar
Mason's TD run cut ECU's lead to six with less than three minutes to
East Carolina is 7-0 against Army.
02/23/2007 10:52 AM
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