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Eagles Lose At East Carolina

C.J. Wilson returned a blocked extra

point for the tiebreaking defensive two-point conversion that

lifted East Carolina past Southern Mississippi 25-20 on Saturday

and back into the Conference USA championship game.

Patrick Pinkney was 25 of 41 passing for 269 yards and Dwayne

Harris and defensive tackle Linval Joseph had scoring runs for the

Pirates (8-4, 7-1).

The defending league champions claimed home-field advantage for

next week's title game against either No. 25 Houston or SMU by

beating the Golden Eagles (7-5, 6-2) in Greenville for the first

time since 1994.

Wilson burst through the middle to block Daniel Hrapmann's PAT,

scooped it up near the 25-yard line and raced downfield while being

escorted by a convoy of blockers to put the Pirates up 22-20.

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