|Date of game: 12/4/2014
Recap: East Carolina vs. UCF
Greenville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Holman and Breshad Perriman hooked up on a 51-yard Hail-Mary touchdown as time expired, as the UCF Knights claimed a miraculous 32-30 victory over the East Carolina Pirates in the American Athletic Conference finale for both teams at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Holman finished with 274 passing yards and the last-second touchdown on 20- of-33 passing for UCF (9-3, 7-1 AAC), which earned a share of the AAC title. William Stanback turned 24 carries into 101 yards and two touchdowns, while Perriman tallied four receptions for 139 yards.
For ECU (8-4, 5-3), which scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to erase a big deficit, Shane Carden completed 36-of-48 passes for 397 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Justin Hardy had 12 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.
UCF scored on the first drive of the game when Shawn Moffitt knocked through a 42-yard field goal.
ECU answered at the 4:19 mark of the first quarter when Marquez Grayson rushed in a 6-yard score, although it remained 6-3 after the ensuing PAT was blocked.
The Knights tied things up at the end of the opening frame with another Moffitt field goal, this time from 38 yards out.
UCF was set up in great field position after a Carden interception early in the second quarter, and it cashed in with a 2-yard touchdown run by Stanback to take a 13-6 lead.
Moffitt made a 30-yard field goal with 6:35 left in the half, and four minutes later the Knights extended their lead to 23-6 following a 1-yard rushing score by Stanback.
The Pirates cut into its deficit on the final play of the half with a 37-yard field goal by Warren Harvey.
Moffitt made his fourth field goal of the game, a 31-yarder, midway through the third quarter.
ECU made a charge in the fourth quarter. Carden hooked up with Cam Worthy on a 15-yard touchdown with 13:16 to play. Carden tossed a 14-yard score to Grayson less than three minutes later to bring the Pirates' deficit to just three, 26-23.
UCF's next two possessions ended with a lost fumble and a punt. ECU took advantage with just 2:17 remaining when it capped off an eight-play, 68-yard drive with a 13-yard scoring strike from Carden to Hardy to go up by four, 30-26.
The Knights turned the ball over on downs on their next drive and didn't get the ball back until there was just 10 seconds remaining on their own 35-yard line. Holman completed a 14-yard passes to Josh Reese to set up one last play, and Holman's desperation heave found the grasp of Perriman.
ECU was held to only 14 rushing yards on the night.Game Notes