GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -Rob Kass threw two second-half touchdown passes to lead East Carolina to a 30-10 win over Memphis on Saturday. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pirates (4-3, 2-1 Conference USA). Memphis fell to 3-5 overall, 1-3 in the league. Kass went 9-of-17 for 167 yards in his first extended action of the season.
East Carolina, which trailed 10-7 at halftime, has outscored its opponents 61-29 this season and outscored Memphis 13-0 to claim a 20-10 lead. Kass, who replaced starter Patrick Pinkney in the first quarter, found Brandon Simmons for a 42-yard touchdown on the Pirates first second-half series for a 13-10 lead. A 28-yard scoring pass from Kass to wide receiver Dwayne Harris on the same pass play late in the quarter put East Carolina ahead 20-10. Rob Hartman added a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and Norman Whitley added a 12-yard scoring run with five minutes remaining.
The Tigers lost their first two quarterbacks in the first 11 minutes of the game. Junior Arkelton Hall lasted just six plays before suffering a broken right thumb. He was replaced by senior Will Hudgens, who was in on just six plays before he was hit on his right knee by East Carolina cornerback Darryl Reynolds on a three-yard run around the left end and was carried off the field. That left junior Brett Toney, who hadnt attempted a pass and played on special teams in his 20 previous games, at quarterback. He completed 11 of 15 for 65 yards.
Curtis Steele ran in from four yards to put the Tigers up 7-0 late in the first quarter. East Carolina tied the game midway through the second quarter on Jonathan Williams career-long 68 yard touchdown. Memphis then went on a 16-play, 58-yard scoring drive to close out the half. Vinny Zaccario kicked a 20-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 10-7 halftime lead.