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.