It looked as if this would be Quentin Cotton's big day. He intercepted a pass, ran 44 yards after a blocked field goal for a touchdown, then broke up a pass. But late in the first half, he suffered a knee injury and left the stadium on crutches.
Offensive lineman Stanley Bryant also got hurt and walked away on crutches.
Linebacker Nick Johnson did a workmanlike job filling in for Cotton, and Terrence Campbell and D.J. Scott picked up the slack in the line after Bryant went down.
In the first two games, East Carolina's time of possession was a combined 17 minutes, 38 seconds longer than Virginia Tech and West Virginia. But Saturday, Tulane kept the ball for 34:01 — to ECU's 25:59 – which put added stress on the Pirates' defense.
Although he struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, ECU's Patrick Pinkney finished with a big stat day: 22-for-32 for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
In three games he has completed 63 of 83 throws for 707 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
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