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Florida rides big plays to win over East Carolina

Florida finishes rough season with big plays, 28-20 win over East Carolina in Birmingham Bowl

Florida rides big plays to win over East Carolina

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) -- Treon Harris threw an 86-yard scoring pass to Ahmad Fulwood and Vernon Hargreaves III intercepted a pass in the end zone late to preserve Florida's 28-20 victory over East Carolina in college football's Birmingham Bowl on Saturday.

The big plays helped Florida finish a disappointing season with a winning record while new coach Jim McElwain was among the spectators. Brian Poole also scored on a 29-yard interception return and Florida's defense repeatedly turned East Carolina's high-powered offense away from the end zone.

Shane Carden was 34 of 66 for 427 yards for East Carolina, but Hargreaves' pick with 1:20 left ended his day.

Florida delivered the win under interim head coach D.J. Durkin, who took over for the bowl game after Will Muschamp's firing.

Reserve running back Adam Lane was named the game's MVP after rushing 16 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. He had only eight carries coming into the game, all coming in two lopsided wins.

East Carolina came in averaging 37.2 points a game but managed only a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Updated : 2021-09-20 04:58 GMT+08:00