College Football: East Carolina 19, Central Florida 14
Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 26, 2009
GREENVILLEó East Carolina’s players were well aware that they hadn’t scored a second-half touchdown this season.
Dwayne Harris solved that problem. Harris scored two touchdowns, including a 3-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter, to help East Carolina defeat Central Florida 19-14 on Saturday afternoon.
“We hear it from everybody,” said Harris, whose team had been outscored 41-5 in the second half. “We hear it from the coaches, the fans. The media asks about it every week. For us to go out in the second half and play the way we did is great.”
Harris was a threat all over the field for the Pirates (2-2, 1-0 Conference USA), who defeated the Knights for the fourth consecutive season. The wide receiver made 10 catches for 121 yards and rushed the ball three times on direct snaps for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Patrick Pinkney was 27-for-40 for 293 yards and an interception for the Pirates, who survived five fumbles while amassing a season-high 403 yards of total offense.
East Carolina’s defense limited the Knights to 137 yards in the second half, 80 of which came late in the fourth quarter on UCF’s lone scoring drive after halftime.