David Garrard scored on a one-yard sneak with 56 seconds left, lifting East Carolina to a 30-23 victory over sloppy West Virginia yesterday in Charlotte.
Garrard's score capped a game in which East Carolina rolled up 496 total yards against a team that returned eight starters on defense from last season.
Junior tailback Jamie Wilson rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 20 carries and Garrard added 95 on 14. The Pirates finished with 327 rushing yards, prompting West Virginia Coach Don Nehlen to lament, "We can't tackle."
Quarterback Marc Bulger, who is closing in on many of West Virginia's career passing records, opened his senior season by completing a school-record 13 consecutive passes. He wound up with 209 yards on 20-for-30 passing, and he threw for two touchdowns.
BOSTON COLLEGE 30, BAYLOR 29: Kyle Atteberry missed an extra point in overtime and host Boston College, behind Cedric Washington's 177 yards rushing and three touchdowns, held on for the win.
On Boston College's overtime possession, Washington scored on a one-yard run and John Matich kicked the extra point. Baylor then scored on a one-yard run by Jermaine Alfred.
Atteberry then pulled his extra-point attempt to the left. He also missed a long extra-point attempt after Baylor was penalized for excessive celebration following a second-quarter touchdown.
PITTSBURGH 30, BOWLING GREEN 10: Backup quarterback John Turman took over early in the second quarter to throw for a touchdown, run for another and set up two scores with his passing against visiting Bowling Green as Pitt ended a seven-game losing streak.
Turman completed 7 of 17 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' first victory since a 35-0 decision over Akron in their fourth game last season.
CALIFORNIA 21, RUTGERS 7: Marcus Fields rushed for 123 yards and scored on a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage as the Golden Bears triumphed at home.
Mike McMahon of Rutgers threw for 183 yards and Rutgers's only touchdown in Coach Terry Shea's first visit to the Bay Area since leaving Stanford, where he was offensive coordinator, in 1994. Shea also was Cal's offensive coordinator from 1987 to '89.