GREENVILLE, N.C. – USC 20, ECU 15
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Touchdown Pirates. Pass complete to D. Anderson for a 4 yard touchdown. ECU 15, USC 20.
ECU's Zay Jones ties record for catches in a game (23).
E. Fry hits a 39 yd field goal to bring the score to 20-9 Gamecocks
D. Plowman 45 yd field goal. ECU 9. USC 17
No score in 3rd quarter
D. Plowman with another Pirate field goal to bring the score to 6-17.
D. Plowman is good for a 32 yard field goal. Pirates on the board, 3-17.
Just under 8 minutes in the first, and the score is 17-0 USC.
TD South Carolina. Another run by Mcllwain for 10 yards. ECU 0, USC 7
TD South Carolina. B. Mcllwain runs for 9 yards. ECU 0, USC 7.
Courtesy: ECU sports information / ecupirates.com
East Carolina will face the second of three-straight "Power Five" members on its 2016 schedule when the Pirates travel to Columbia Saturday to meet South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium for a non-conference matchup. The battle against the Gamecocks will also open a two-game road swing for ECU, which will visit Virginia Tech next week before returning home to open American Athletic Conference play against UCF on Oct. 1. Saturday's meeting will also mark the Pirates' sixth contest against a Southeastern Conference opponent in the last six years (and eighth in the last nine seasons dating back to the 2008 campaign).
EAST CAROLINA RECORDS AND STREAKS
•Qualified for 10 bowl appearances since 2000 (three of the last four years) ...
•Has won 29 of the last 34 games when scoring 30 or more points ...
•Has lost 18-straight games when scoring 20 or less points (19-14 vs. UCF in '09/last win) ...
•Has won 19 of the last 21 games when gaining 200 or more rushing yards ...
•Has won 28 of the last 30 games when leading at the half ...
•Has won 11 of the last 20 regular season road games ...
•Has won 10 of the last 14 regular season non-conference games ...
•Has won six of the last eight regular season games against "Power Five" opponents ...
South Carolina leads 13-5 ... Although the Gamecocks have won the last three meetings, the two programs have split the last 10 matchups ... Prior to South Carolina's recent run, the Pirates enjoyed success in the 1990s, capturing five of seven contests in a span from 1991 to 1999 ... After ECU's last win, a 21-3 decision on Sept. 18, 1999, the Pirates' stay in Columbia lasted an additional week because of the flooding associated with Hurricane Floyd in the Greenville area ... The Pirates were extended workout privileges on the South Carolina campus in preparation for its next game against Miami (Fla.) - a contest ECU won 27-23 in Raleigh.
EAST CAROLINA AGAINST THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
East Carolina has compiled an all-time record of 6-27 (.182) against current members of the Southeastern Conference ... In addition to the Pirates' 5-13 ledger against South Carolina, ECU is 1-1 against Missouri, 0-3 vs. Florida, 0-3 vs. Auburn, 0-2 vs. Kentucky, 0-1 vs. Alabama, 0-1 vs. Georgia, 0-1 vs. LSU, 0-1 vs. Tennessee and 0-1 vs. Arkansas ... The Pirates have dropped seven straight and nine of their last 11 games against SEC opponents, recording their last win in 1999 (21-3 at South Carolina).
SOUTH CAROLINA AGAINST THE AMERICAN
South Carolina has posted a 26-14 (.650) all-time mark against current members of the American Athletic Conference ... The Gamecocks have faced East Carolina (13-5), UCF (5-0), Cincinnati (2-0), Memphis (2-2), Tulsa (1-0), USF (1-0), Temple (1-1), Houston (1-2), Connecticut (0-1) and Tulane (0-3) ... A 31-14 victory over UCF in Columbia last Sept. 26 represents South Carolina's last matchup against an AAC opponent.
PIRATE CAREER NUMBERS AGAINST THE GAMECOCKS
A total of three (3) East Carolina offensive skill players, four (4) defenders and one (1) special teams performer have recorded statistics in a previous battle against South Carolina during their careers ... A closer look: ILB Pat Green - 1 game (1 solo tackle); P Worth Gregory - 1 game (1 punt for 52 yards); WR Zay Jones – 1 game (8 catches for 46 yards); OLB Dayon Pratt - 1 game (1 solo tackle); DE Fred Presley - 1 game (3 tackles, 2 solo); RB Anthony Scott - 1 game (1 rush for 0 yards); ILB Ray Tillman - 1 game (1 assisted tackle); WR Jimmy Williams - 1 game (1 catch for 17 yards).
EAST CAROLINA-SOUTH CAROLINA COACHING STAFF CONNECTIONS
East Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams served in the same capacity on the South Carolina staff during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons ... Gamecock tight ends coach Pat Washington spent a month on the ECU staff under former coach Ruffin McNeill ... Washington was hired as the Pirates' outside receivers coach and run game coordinator on January 10, 2012 before resigning in February to take another position at Kentucky.