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East Carolina running back Vintavious Cooper (21) runs for a first down around UAB linebacker Greg Irvin (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)
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East Carolina running back Vintavious Cooper (21) runs for a first down around UAB linebacker Greg Irvin (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

Cooper leads way vs. Blazers

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — East Carolina won its first classic Conference USA shootout of the season on Saturday night at UAB, emerging from a game-long, see-saw battle with a late scoring surge for an eventual 42-35 victory at Legion Field.

ECU trailed by a point at the end of the first half, then fell behind again in the second, 28-27, before Justin Hardy’s acrobatic leaping catch amid double coverage in the end zone followed by a Vintavious Cooper two-point conversion afforded the Pirates (5-3, 4-1 C-USA) a 35-28 lead.


After a big stop by the ECU defense, Cooper (172 rush yards) capped his huge game with his third touchdown of the night to expand the lead to two touchdowns.

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