MEMPHIS, Nov. 21 -- Andrew Bayes kicked two field goals in the final four minutes, including a 41-yarder with seven seconds remaining, as East Carolina clinched a winning season Saturday with a 34-31 Conference USA victory over Memphis. East Carolina (6-5, 3-3 Conference USA) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half for its second win in the last six games.
David Garrard completed 33 of 44 passes for 414 yards and three touchdowns as the Pirates churned out 558 yards of total offense. After Teofilo Riley's 12-yard touchdown run gave Memphis (2-9, 1-5) a 31-28 lead with 9:37 left, the Pirates put together a 13-play, 74-yard drive that consumed nearly six minutes. But the march stalled at the 1- yard line and East Carolina settled for Bayes' tying 18-yard field goal with 3:48 to play. The Pirates forced a punt, then moved 72 yards on 11 plays before Bayes converted the winning kick. Memphis took a 24-7 lead on Jeremy Scruggs' six-yard run with 10:46 to play in the first half, but the Pirates pulled within three at halftime on Garrard's 41-yard scoring strike to Buck Collins and Jamie Wilson's one-yard run with nine seconds left. The lead changed hands three times in the final quarter. East Carolina grabbed a 28-24 advantage 94 seconds into the period on Garrard's 23-yard toss to J.J. McQueen. McQueen had six receptions for 54 yards and Collins added five catches for 94 yards. Leonard Henry rushed for 61 yards on 18 carries.