GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Darrell Henderson rushed for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and Memphis broke away from a second-half tie to defeat East Carolina 59-41 in a game that saw nearly 1,200 yards of offense on Saturday.
Henderson scored touchdowns of 20 and 39 yards in the final period on consecutive possessions to finish with 132 yards on 21 carries. He also hauled in a 71-yard pass from Brady White in the first quarter. Tony Pollard also rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Patrick Taylor's TD on third-and-goal capped a 13-play, 75 yard drive as Memphis (5-4, 2-3 American) answered East Carolina's score that tied the game at 31-31.
White completed 21 of 30 passes for 362 yards and three TDs.
The Pirates (2-6, 0-5) scored first in a game that saw three lead changes and a tie. East Carolina rolled up 556 yards total offense to Memphis' 639.
Freshman Holton Ahlers completed 34 of 62 passes for 449 yards and three scores, two to Trevon Brown who finished with 193 yards receiving. Darius Pinnix rushed for two TDs.