HONOLULU - Ben Hartman's 34-yard field goal at the final
gun gave East Carolina a 41-38 win over 24th-ranked Boise State in
the Hawaii Bowl.
Chris Johnson set an NCAA bowl record with 408 all-purpose yards
for the 8-and-5 Pirates, who won their first postseason game since
the 2000 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl.
Johnson rushed for 223 yards. He caught three passes for 32
yards and returned six kickoffs for 153 yards. But he committed a
costly fumble late in the game that almost sent it to overtime.
With East Carolina trying to run out the clock near midfield,
Marty Tadman scooped up Johnson's fumble and returned it 47 yards
for a touchdown to tie it at 38 with 1:25 left.
But East Carolina took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the
Broncos 17 to set up Hartman's kick.