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East Carolina running back Keaton Mitchell is forced out of bounds by Navy's Michael McMorris during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Annapolis, Md.
East Carolina running back Keaton Mitchell is forced out of bounds by Navy's Michael McMorris during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Annapolis, Md. (Paul W. Gillespie, Baltimore Sun/AP)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Owen Daffer drilled a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give East Carolina a 38-35 victory over Navy on Saturday night.

Maquel Haywood scored on a 98-yard kickoff return that gave Navy (2-8, 2-5 American) a 35-27 lead with 8:33 remaining.

East Carolina's Holton Ahlers answered with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Snead about three minutes later to tie it at 35. The Midshipmen punted with 1:24 to play, and Ahlers connected with Snead on a 46-yard pass on the next play.

East Carolina (7-4, 5-2) then let the clock run before Daffer's game-winning kick.

Ahlers was 27-of-32 passing for 405 yards and threw three touchdown passes. Keaton Mitchell carried the ball 18 times for 94 yards and had a 10-yard touchdown run for the Pirates.

Tai Lavatai threw a pair of short-yard touchdown passes for Navy. Carlinos Acie had 155 yards rushing that included a 90-yard touchdown run.

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