ORLANDO, Fla. — East Carolina place-kicker Ben Hartman drilled a 39-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Pirates to a 13-10 win over Central Florida Sunday.
Hartman's game-winner, the third of his career, followed an interception by ECU freshman cornerback Emanuel Davis on the first play of overtime. Davis stepped in front of a pass by UCF quarterback Michael Greco, giving the Pirates an opportunity to finish off a rally that started in the final minutes of regulation.
ECU tailback Norman Whitley, who rushed for 135 yards in the game, scored from two yards out with 1:51 left in regulation to tie the game at 10-10.
That started a wild run to the finish with both teams turning the ball over once, but neither could convert.
Greco, who was 9-for-21 for 142 yards passing, fumbled at the UCF 46 with 33 seconds left. Davis recovered for ECU (5-3, 3-1 Conference USA).
However, Pirates quarterback Rob Kass was intercepted on the next play by Johnell Neal. The Knights (2-6, 1-3) ran out the clock to play for overtime.
UCF's defense dominated the game for the first three and a half quarters, but it couldn't finish.
The Knights led 10-0 at halftime after a 54-yard scoring pass from Greco to Jamar Newsome and a 49-yard field goal by Daren Daly.