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By The Associated Press

GREENVILLE — Quarterback Steven Moffett hooked up with Mike Walker on two long fourth-quarter touchdown passes as Central Florida came back to defeat East Carolina 30-20 on Saturday.

Moffett threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Walker with 9:12 remaining to give the Golden Knights (5-3, 4-1 Conference USA) the lead for good.

It was the 11th consecutive game of making a touchdown pass for Moffett, who connected with Walker again for a 31-yard score with 4:00 left.

Jason Peters rushed for a game-high 114 yards and scored two first-half touchdowns for Central Florida, which overcame a season-high 542 yards of total offense by the Pirates (3-5, 2-3).

East Carolina contributed to Central Florida's cause by committing a season-high six turnovers.

Brandon Fractious rushed for a career-high 107 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his career, the second one giving East Carolina a 20-17 lead with 12:14 to go.

On the ensuing possession, the Golden Knights drove 80 yards in nine plays, and Moffett found Walker over the top of East Carolina's secondary for the deciding score.

Following Pirates quarterback James Pinkney's season-high third interception, the duo of Moffett and Walker sealed the victory on another deep ball over the middle.

Walker finished with seven receptions for 110 yards.

East Carolina fought back from a 17-3 halftime deficit.

Fractious scored on a 26-yard run with 5:03 to go in the third quarter, and Robert Lee kicked a field goal to make it 17-13 going into the final period.

Pinkney threw two interceptions and had one fumble in the first half as the Pirates committed four turnovers.

The Golden Knights took advantage, rolling up 195 rushing yards before halftime.

Central Florida's first score came in the first quarter after East Carolina's Travis Williams muffed a punt inside his own 5-yard line. The Golden Knights recovered at the 1, and Peters bulled into the end zone two plays later.

With the score 10-3 midway through the second quarter, Peters broke loose for a 67-yard touchdown run down the left sideline to give Central Florida its two-touchdown halftime advantage.

02/23/2007 10:54 AM

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