Havelock High grad helps ECU become bowl eligible with 48-28 victory

Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 06:34 PM.

GREENVILLE — East Carolina turned in a complete effort just when it needed one most.

As a result, the Pirates can start thinking about their postseason plans.

Shane Carden passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns, three to Havelock High graduate Danny Webster, and ECU rebounded from a potentially derailing blowout with a 48-28 Conference USA win over Houston on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Webster caught his first three touchdown passes of the season for the Pirates (6-4, 5-1 C-USA), who became bowl-eligible a week after falling 56-28 at home to Navy.

“It was a tough week to battle back from,” third-year ECU coach Ruffin McNeill said. “I thought it showed a lot about our character.”

And it showed right away. The Pirates bolted to a 21-0 lead by the 12:40 mark of the second quarter, scoring touchdowns of 6, 12 and 9 yards on Carden-to-Webster connections.

Mark Roberts scored on a 5-yard pass from David Piland to pull the Cougars (4-5, 3-2) to within 34-21 with 11:26 left in the game, but ECU scored twice in a 46-second span to seal it.

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