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ECU 70, UNC-CH 41 • Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium • Attend: 51,082 • TV: ESPNU

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Work pays off as Pirates party

GREENVILLE — North Carolina's second trick play for a touchdown, a 29-yard pass from holder Tommy Hibbard to a wide open Eric Albright from field goal formation, momentarily subdued the excitement at rowdy Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday. The score came with 12:15 left in the first half and gave the Tar Heels their last lead at 20-14.

UNC, ranked No. 25 in the coaches poll and coming off an open date that gave the Heels plenty of time to smolder over last year's 55-31 loss to the Pirates in Chapel Hill, were looking capable of payback. ... More from Al Myatt...

Ruff Post-game

ECU coach Ruffin McNeill spoke with the press after the Pirates defeated North Carolina on Saturday in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (recorded by W.A. Myatt; file photo): Select audio clip...

Game Day Pix from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Tar Heels can't hang with Pirates

ECU receiver Jimmy Williams is on the move during the Pirates' 70-41 rout of North Carolina on Saturday. Photo by W.A. Myatt. © W.A. Myatt's gallery of game day images...

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NEXT WEEK'S AAC SCHEDULE >>> ..... Saturday > USF at Wisconsin, Noon (ESPNU) ..... Tulane at Rutgers, Noon (ESPNN) ..... TCU at SMU, Noon (CBSSN) ..... Temple at UConn, 4 pm (ESPNN) ..... Cincinnati at Ohio State, 6 pm (BTN) ..... Memphis at Mississippi, 7:30 pm (FSN) ..... Texas State at Tulsa, 8 pm (ESPNN) ..... .....


Tide tops Gators ... Mississippi State shocks LSU ... Winston watches as FSU survives in OT ... Texas A&M wins big ... Pirates overwhelm Tar Heels ... Spartans outscore ECU ... Hokies can't hold on ... Hoosiers stun Missouri ... Badgers run past Bowling Green ... BYU keeps rolling with win over UVa ... Houston routs UNLV ... More from Al Myatt...



Kevin's Keys to the Game

The East Carolina Pirates return home to Dowdy-Ficklen today to face in-state rival UNC-Chapel Hill. Every time these programs match up, it is a big game for both teams. This year the Tar Heels opened the season in the top 25. The Pirates are their first real test after wins over Liberty and San Diego State. ECU, as usual, is fighting for respect. ... More from Kevin Monroe...



Your personal guide to split loyalties

The term "House Divided" has been used to describe members of the same family that root for different teams when those teams play each other. On Saturday, there will be many families that have both East Carolina and North Carolina connections with an acute interest in the matchup in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ... More from Greg Vacek...



Numbers better for Smith and staff

Al Myatt

With the big games that Shane Carden and Cam Worthy had offensively in a 28-21 win at Virginia Tech on Saturday, it's easy to lose sight of the contributions of the East Carolina defense in a 2-1 start as the Pirates get ready to host North Carolina (2-0) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU). ... More from Al Myatt...



Big win means bigger opportunity

East Carolina made it three in a row over ACC teams on Saturday, beating Virginia Tech 28-21 in Blacksburg. More impressive is the fact that each of the three wins came on the road. Now the Pirates can go for four in a row ... More from Brian Bailey...


Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guest was ECU RBs coach & recruiting coordinator Kirk Doll: Replay show...


Audio: Coach Ruff Weekly Presser...

ECU coach Ruffin McNeill spoke with the media at his weekly press conference on Monday (courtesy of Pirate Radio 1250; Bonesville file photo): Select clip...


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AAC SCOREBOARD >>> ..... Thursday > BYU 33, Houston 25 ..... ..... Friday > Cincinnati 58, Toledo 34 ..... ..... Saturday > ECU 28, Virginia Tech 21 ..... Missouri 38, UCF 10 ..... Boise State 38, UConn 21 ..... NC State 49, USF 17 ..... FAU 50, Tulsa 21 ..... Tulane 35, SE Lousiana 20 ..... .....

Carden leads poetic triumph

Al Myatt

BLACKSBURG, VA — The late British poet laureate, Rudyard Kipling, probably would have liked Shane Carden. In the poem 'If' Kipling says, "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same ..."

The Captain, Carden, has experienced both triumph and disaster in the span of two weeks on the road against nationally-ranked teams as East Carolina quarterback. ... More from Al Myatt...

Game Day Pix from Lane Stadium

Greenville product Montese Overton celebrates after participating in a sack of Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer during ECU's victory over the Hokies on Saturday in Blacksburg, VA. Photo by W.A. Myatt. © View W.A. Myatt's gallery of 12 game day images...

Audio: Ruff & Players Post-game...

ECU coach Ruffin McNeill and some of his players spoke with the press after the Pirates defeated Virginia Tech on Saturday (recorded by W.A. Myatt; file photo): Select audio clip...


Links of Interest from ECU & Beyond

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