GREENVILLE, N.C. -- A pair of interceptions in the final five minutes of the first half led to 10 points for East Carolina, which helped the Pirates roll to a 37-10 win over Marshall here at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.
ECU (5-2, 4-0) and Marshall (1-6, 0-3) were knotted at 10-10 late in the first half when Herd starting quarterback Brian Anderson threw an interception near midfield with Marshall threatening to take the lead. The Pirates converted that turnover into a 29-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Williams 72 seconds later to take the lead for good.
On the ensuing possession, Anderson led the Herd in its two-minute offense, but a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage resulted in another interception, which gave ECU field position at its own 47 after a penalty.
Five plays later the Pirates added a field goal to push the lead to 20-10 at intermission. Marshall never recovered.
"We don't turn the ball over in the first half it's probably an even game going into halftime," Marshall Coach Doc Holliday said. "Unfortunately we turned it over at the end of the first half which gave them a little momentum."
Marshall, losers of three consecutive games to open league play, outgained ECU's potent offense in the first half, 186-167. That changed in the final two quarters. The Herd had 142 yards of offense in the second half; the Pirates nearly doubled that with 278.
"(East Carolina) went in at halftime and they made some adjustments and they came back out and we had a hard time stopping them in the second half," Holliday said.
ECU added two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, but its defense held Marshall scoreless.