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College football: No. 18 East Carolina beat UConn, 31-21
College football: No. 18 East Carolina beat UConn, 31-21

Shane Carden threw for a season-high 445 yards, Breon Allen ran for two touchdowns and No. 18 East Carolina pulled away to beat Connecticut, 31-21, on Thursday night at Greenville, N.C. Carden completed 38 of 64 during his seventh career 400-yard performance. He helped the Pirates (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) sidestep a major upset bid by four-touchdown-underdog Connecticut (1-6, 0-4) in East Carolina's first prime-time, weeknight showcase game in its new league. Warren Harvey kicked the go-ahead 31-yard field goal with 6:15 left, Carden threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Justin Hardy and 10 yards to Bryce Williams, and Allen scored on runs of one and nine yards. ...

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