East Carolina 41, Memphis 7

Shane Carden tossed five touchdowns and threw for 308 yards as

East Carolina trounced Memphis 41-7 Saturday in Conference USA


Despite posting minus-9 yards rushing in the first half, East

Carolina (4-3, 3-1) outgained Memphis (1-5, 1-1) 236-105 before the

break as the Pirates built a 17-0 advantage. Shane Carden was 16 of

21 for 245 yards with two passing scores in the half.

Justin Hardy was Carden’s favorite target, pulling in five

passes for 126 yards and a score in the first half. Hardy caught

just one ball in the second half – an 11-yard touchdown.

Carden’s other first-half score went to Justin Jones for 39

yards. That duo would hook up twice more in the second half, as

Jones reeled in scoring catches of 14 and 4 yards.

Marcus Rucker caught seven passes for 88 yards for Memphis,

which has lost seven straight to East Carolina.