ECU snaps skid, routs BYU 33-17 to improve to 2-6

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and Jake Verity nailed four field goals as East Carolina pulled away for a 33-17 victory over BYU on Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.

Minshew connected with Trevon Brown for a 26-yard score, hit Quay Johnson for a 9-yard TD and finished with 121 yards on 6-of-9 passing. Verity made field goals of 42, 42, 32 and 33 yard for the Pirates (2-6). East Carolina starter Thomas Sirk completed 14 of 21 passes for 177 yards and also ran for 25 yards and a score.

BYU (1-7) has dropped seven straight games for the first time since 1968. The Cougars came into the game with a 22-5 all-time record against American Athletic Conference opponents.

Tanner Magnum threw for 319 yards and two scores on 26-of-41 passing. Aleva Hifo had nine catches for 148 yards for BYU, while Micah Simon and Matt Bushman caught scoring passes.

Davon Grayson caught all 10 passes thrown his way for 164 yards for the Pirates, while Brown added 74 yards on three receptions.

It was the second meeting between the schools and the first time BYU traveled to the Carolinas for a football game.

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The Pirates win their 12th-straight Homecoming game Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ECU wins the game 33-17 against BYU.

4th Quarter: ECU 33, BYU 17
Tanner Mangum throws a 12 yard pass to Matt Bushman for a Cougar touchdown

4th Quarter: ECU 33, BYU 10
Gardner Minshew throws a 9 yard pass to Quay Johnson for an ECU touchdown

4th Quarter: ECU 26, BYU 10
Gardner Minshew throws a 26 yard pass to Trevon Brown for a Pirate touchdown

3rd Quarter: ECU 19, BYU 10
Jake Verity kicks a 33 yard field goal for the Pirates

3rd Quarter: ECU 16, BYU 10
Jake Verity kicks a 32 yard field goal helping the Pirates extend their lead

3rd Quarter: ECU 13, BYU 10
Jake Verity kicks a 42 yard field goal for the Pirates

2nd Quarter: ECU 10, BYU 10
Rhett Almond kicks a 22 yard fied goal for BYU tying up the game as the teams head into halftime

2nd Quarter: ECU 10: BYU 7
Jake Verity kicks a 42 yard field goal for ECU

1st Quarter: ECU 7, BYU 7
Thomas Sirk drives the ball one yard past the goal line for a Pirate touchdown

1st Quarter: ECU 0, BYU 7
Tanner Mangum throws a 12 yard pass to Micah Simon for a Cougar touchdown