East Carolina rallies to beat Southern Miss 44-43

HATTIESBURG — Dominique Davis completed a 32-yard pass to Michael Bowman for the go-ahead touchdown as East Carolina beat Southern Miss 44-43 on Saturday night.

East Carolina (3-2, 3-0 Conference USA) overcame a 20-point first-quarter deficit and four turnovers to beat Southern Miss (4-2, 1-1) for the second straight season. The sloppy game featured a combined 24 penalties for 229 yards and one player from each team was ejected.

Davis completed 18 of 36 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. The Pirates trailed 20-0 after the first quarter, but scored 17 unanswered points before halftime to make it 20-17.

Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis completed 20 of 39 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. Danny Hrapmann kicked a school-record five field goals, including two from 49 yards.

The Associated Press