The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

November 24, 2012

East Carolina defeats Marshall in double overtime

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Shane Carden’s 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime Friday lifted East Carolina over Marshall 65-59 and kept the Pirates’ Conference USA title hopes alive.

The Pirates (8-4, 7-1) will advance to play Tulsa for the league championship if Alabama-Birmingham beats Central Florida Saturday.

Carden scored after three straight runs by Vintavious Cooper took the ball down to the Marshall 1.

East Carolina had stopped a Marshall possession earlier in the overtime when Chrishon Rose forced a fumble at the 11 by Essray Taliaferro and Derrell Johnson recovered it.

A 25-yard touchdown pass from Carden to Andrew Bodenheimer gave East Carolina a lead on the first play of overtime, but the Thundering Herd (5-7, 4-4) answered with a 4-yard Blake Frohnapfel scoring pass to Antavious Wilson after Taliaferro converted a fourth-and-1 with a 4-yard run.

Frohnapfel took over at quarterback for Marshall after Rakeem Cato suffered an injury to his lower left leg midway through the third quarter. Frohnapfel completed 12 of 15 passes for 101 yards and raced 51 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, the longest run allowed by East Carolina this season.

Carden drove the Pirates 76 yards in 11 plays to tie the game with 4 seconds left in regulation on a 6-yard pass to Danny Webster. The drive, which started with 1:55 left, included three completions to Justin Hardy, who caught a school-record 16 passes for 171 yards, fourth-best in East Carolina history. His 1,046 receiving yards for the season is also fourth-best in school history.

The 124 combined points were the most ever in a Conference USA game, although the two schools combined for 125 in the 2001 GMAC Bowl, when Marshall played in the Mid-American Conference. The Thundering Herd won that one 64-61 in two overtimes.

East Carolina’s 65 points were its fourth-highest total ever and the most it has scored since a 66-23 victory over East Tennessee State in 1981.

Marshall’s 59 points were the most it has ever scored in a loss.

Carden completed 38 of 47 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three more, including the deciding score in overtime.

His first two touchdown runs helped stake the Pirates to a 28-7 second-quarter lead.

The Thundering Herd rallied to trail 35-28 at halftime after three second-quarter touchdown passes by Cato. He threw five in the game, tying his career high, and his 318 passing yards before being injured gave the sophomore 4,201 for the season. It was the fourth time a Marshall quarterback has surpassed 4,000 yards.

Tommy Shuler caught 14 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns for Marshall, giving the sophomore a school-record 110 for the season.

Taliaferro, in his first start this season, rushed for 130 yards on 27 carries for the Thundering Herd.

Text Only
Latest Sports
  • 042014 old white Happy birthday to The Old White

    As Greenbrier owner Jim Justice proudly stood behind the podium on the first tee box addressing a crowd at the 100th anniversary of the historic Old White TPC Course, a surprise guest emerged from the bushes by the tennis center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042014 bubba Watson becoming a West Virginian

    Greenbrier owner Jim Justice was glued to the television a week ago today, watching Bubba Watson try to chase down his second green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042014 spartans LOCAL ROUNDUP: Spartans win Spring Break Wooden Bat Classic

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • St. Joe’s Lewis named 2014 High School Coach of the Year

    Huntington St. Joseph girls basketball coach Shannon Lewis has made a habit of celebrating success in Charleston over the last few years.

    April 19, 2014

  • 041914 old white Old White to celebrate 100 years

    The home of The Greenbrier Classic will be having a birthday today, and the celebration should be something special.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mullens, Pineville to meet in Anderson Memorial

    After many years away from the sideline, legendary Mullens High School coach Don Nuckols is returning to the game of basketball.

    April 19, 2014

  • 041914 D'Antoni Lakers mum on D’Antoni

    Mike D’Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914 gibby WVU trying to find speed on defense

    Tony Gibson took over as West Virginia’s new defensive coordinator over the winter with the goal of trying not to do too much to rock the boat. As the fourth coach to hold that spot in as many years, the Van native — in his second stint as a Mountaineer assistant — knew that his players needed some stability.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041814 Sisler Diamond Classic continues today

    Fayetteville pitcher Kaitlyn Sisler pitched five innings of shutout softball as the Pirates beat Oak Hill 10-0 Wednesday in the Diamond Classic in Fayetteville.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • D’Antoni’s Lakers future still unclear

    With the Los Angeles Lakers season officially over — the Lakers beat the Spurs 113-100 Wednesday but finished 27-55 overall, the most losses in the club’s history and the franchise’s worst winning percentage since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1957-58 — Marshall fans will be keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Tinsel Town over the coming days.

    April 17, 2014