GREENVILLE (AP) — Reid Herring rallied East Carolina to two scores in the last five minutes with Jake Verity kicking a 38-yard game-winning field goal with 46 seconds left and East Carolina (2-2) edged Old Dominion 37-35 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.
Kendall Futrell sacked Blake LaRussa for a 17-yard loss back to the 3 to end Old Dominion’s final threat in the last 40 seconds.
Herring completed 24-for-42 for 309 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted twice. Tahj Deans and Trevon Brown and Deondre Farrier all caught scoring passes, with Deans pulling in a 4-yarder to cap a nine-play drive that cut Old Dominion’s lead to a point, 35-34 with 5:22 left to play. Verity’s PAT was blocked by Oshane Ximines.
East Carolina’s defense forced two four-and-outs, setting up the final Pirates drive. Herring completed a 16-yard pass to Dean on fourth-and-10. After stalling at the 21, Verity kicked the game-winner.
LaRussa finished 21-for-36 for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns for ODU (1-4). Jonathan Duhart caught 8 passes for 104 yards, his fourth-straight 100-yard game.