GAMEDAY College Football

East Carolina 42, Marshall 38

Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Holton Ahlers had touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving and Ja'Quan McMillian intercepted a pass at the goal line with six seconds left and East Carolina rallied to defeat Marshall 42-38.

Down 38-21 entering the fourth quarter, Ahlers scored on a 5-yard run after a 78-yard drive, then capped an 80-yard drive when he hauled in a 27-yard pass from wide receiver Tyler Snead on a trick play, making it 38-35 with 2:31 left.

The Pirates (1-2) recovered the onside kick and Rahjai Harris scored on a 1-yard plunge with 55 seconds left to cap a 53-yard drive.

Ahlers was 30 of 48 passing for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

Rasheen Ali rushed 24 times for 189 yards and three touchdowns and Grant Wells was 24 of 39 for 433 yards with a touchdown, adding another on the ground for Marshall (2-1). Corey Gammage had eight receptions for 180 yards.

Marshall piled up 647 yards but were outgained 210-101 in the final stanza before the final drive had them at first-and-10 from the 15 with 11 seconds left.

East Carolina had 571 yards of offense with Keathon Mitchell picking up 135 on 13 carries with a touchdown. Shane Calhoun had 114 yards on eight catches.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ECUMarsh
Marsh FG 12:20 Andrew Sanders 29 yd FG 0 3
ECU TD 9:13 Tyler Snead 24 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Owen Daffer kick) 7 3
Marsh TD 5:20 Willie Johnson 19 yd pass from Grant Wells (Andrew Sanders kick) 7 10
Second Quarter ECUMarsh
ECU TD 12:33 Keaton Mitchell 88 yd run (Owen Daffer kick) 14 10
Marsh TD 10:28 Rasheen Ali 26 yd run (Andrew Sanders kick) 14 17
Marsh TD 7:31 Rasheen Ali 1 yd run (Andrew Sanders kick) 14 24
ECU TD 0:08 Shane Calhoun 5 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Owen Daffer kick) 21 24
Third Quarter ECUMarsh
Marsh TD 10:23 Rasheen Ali 49 yd run (Andrew Sanders kick) 21 31
Marsh TD 1:03 Grant Wells 6 yd run (Andrew Sanders kick) 21 38
Fourth Quarter ECUMarsh
ECU TD 7:31 Holton Ahlers 5 yd run (Owen Daffer kick) 28 38
ECU TD 2:31 Holton Ahlers 27 yd pass from Tyler Snead (Owen Daffer kick) 35 38
ECU TD 0:55 Rahjai Harris 1 yd run (Owen Daffer kick) 42 38
Team Stats
  East Carolina Marshall
First downs 27 24
  Rushing 7 10
  Passing 17 13
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 9-19, 47% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 39-176 36-214
Passing Yards 395 433
Return Yards 28 33
Completions-Attempts-Int 31-50-0 24-40-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 5--29 1--7
Punts 6 3
Punts-Average 38 45.3
Fumbles Lost 3-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 5-50 6-56
Time of Possession 34:08 22:05
East Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Ahlers 30 47 368 2 0
T. Snead 1 2 27 1 0
Marshall Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Wells 24 39 433 1 2
X. Gaines 0 1 0 0 0
East Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Mitchell 13 135 10.4 1
R. Harris 13 34 2.6 1
T. Snead 1 9 9.0 0
J. Chase 0 2 0
H. Ahlers 12 -4 -0.3 1
Marshall Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Ali 24 189 7.9 3
S. Evans 9 27 3.0 0
G. Wells 2 -1 -0.5 1
East Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Calhoun 8 114 14.3 1
T. Snead 5 80 16.0 1
A. Omotosho 5 70 14.0 0
K. Mitchell 4 35 8.8 0
J. Hatfield 2 27 13.5 0
H. Ahlers 1 27 27.0 1
C. Johnson 3 21 7.0 0
R. Harris 3 21 7.0 0
Marshall Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Gammage 8 180 22.5 0
W. Johnson 3 66 22.0 1
S. Evans 2 65 32.5 0
X. Gaines 4 61 15.3 0
T. Keaton 4 35 8.8 0
S. Ahmed 1 10 10.0 0
D. Miller 1 8 8.0 0
R. Ali 1 8 8.0 0
East Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Fleming 1 0
J. McMillian 1 0
Marshall Interceptions
Player Int Yards
East Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Young 6 228 38.0
Marshall Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. LeFevre 3 136 45.3
East Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Snead 1 9 9.0
Marshall Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Keaton 1 9 9.0
East Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Snead 1 19 19.0
Marshall Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Evans 1 24 24.0
East Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Marshall Missed FG
Player Length
A. Sanders 31




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