East Carolina Defeats Appalachian State 29-24

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Brandon Jackson and Dominique Lindsay each had first-half touchdown runs to help East Carolina build a big lead and then hold off a late rally from Appalachian State to win 29-24 on Saturday.

Jackson sat out last year after transferring from Kentucky, but scored on a 39-yard run on his first carry for a 7-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the game. Lindsay later scored on a 21-yard run to give the Pirates a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter.

But the Mountaineers suddenly came alive in the third quarter behind reserve quarterback Travaris Cadet, who directed three second-half scoring drives and got the ball back with 1:28 left and a chance for the win. But Cadet took a costly sack after Appalachian State had driven near midfield, and his fourth-down pass fell incomplete to seal the Pirates' win with 16 seconds left.

Edwards, named the top player in FCS last year, is still recovering from a foot injury sustained in a lawnmower accident at his off-campus residence last month. He watched from the sideline as sophomore DeAndre Presley got the start, then gave way to Cadet after it seemed the Pirates were on their way to an easy win.

For the Pirates, it had to be a frustrating way to win their third season opener in five tries under Skip Holtz. They looked downright dominant in the first half, showing off a deep backfield that helped the Pirates to 189 yards rushing on the day while the defense seemed to overpower the Mountaineers.

The Pirates scored on their first three drives and led 24-0 before the Mountaineers even managed a first down.

Jackson, who sat out last year after transferring from Kentucky, scored on a 39-yard sprint on his first carry for the 7-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the game. Lindsay later skipped through the line for a 21-yard touchdown to make it 24-0 on the way to 105 yards rushing on the day.

But quarterback Patrick Pinkney wasn't sharp, throwing for just 131 yards and two interceptions. And, eventually, the Mountaineers finally started getting some stops to give their offense a chance to build some needed momentum. Devon Moore scored from a yard out early in the fourth, then Cadet capped a drive with a short touchdown run that made it 29-21 with 8:41 to play.

Jason Vitaris added a 43-yard field goal with 3:24 left, then Appalachian State forced a three-and-out on East Carolina's next possession to set up the frantic final drive.

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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 9, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Well, I wasn't happy with the quality of the broadcast in its first 5-10 minutes, and I wasn't happy at all with the way the Pirates played in the 2nd half. How do you go from having a 20 point lead in the 1st half, to barely winning by 5 points? I've heard people speculate that maybe Skip didn't want WVU to see our full arsenal and that's why we went ultra conservative in the 2nd half. I sincerely hope that's the case. With a veteran offense that includes a 6th year senior at QB, we can do much better than the 2nd half. And please, please Skip, let's see some more of Brandon Jackson and Reyn Willis. Those two are play makers!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    Your absolutely right GRUMPY WITN had nothing to do with the production of the ECU/ APP St. game. ISP produced the game for MASN and WITN all MASN & WITN did was air it.
  • by Grumpy Location: Greenville on Sep 6, 2009 at 10:44 PM
    To all you haters...I happen to know that WITN had nothing to do with the broadcast. They picked up the ISP/MASN telecast. The only WITN connection was the guys in the booth and on the sidelines. I'm just glad I had a telecast to watch that I recorded after I got back from WATCHING the game in person.
  • by Kelly Location: ECU Proud Student on Sep 6, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    This is the best news out of G-Vegas in a long time. Go Pirates!
  • by Herb on Sep 6, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    We will see how ECU does against two quality opponents in WVU and NC on the road now.
  • by Bob Location: GVegas on Sep 6, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Great game...but what was that broadcast all about? WITN seemed like a high school A/V club. The sound was horrible, when it worked, and there was no posting of the downs, or the play clock on the screen. If WITN and Billy Weaver want to cover the pirates, THEY need a new game plan!
  • by jr Location: bath on Sep 6, 2009 at 05:02 AM
    it's the economy. stupid. greenville does not have the population of boston or miami, for example. it would sell out for in-state games, but how many ecu fans would travel to boston, or miami? not enough, and the acc (and everyone else) know that.
  • by ECU Fan Location: greenville on Sep 6, 2009 at 04:18 AM
    I enjoy the comments here about the game - not so much about the people commenting. Who has the time to go back and forth like that. It's tiresome. ECU won, but barely. Some stuff has definitely got to be worked on as we're goin to face teams a lot tougher that Ap State!
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Sep 5, 2009 at 10:07 PM
    When App State calls any ACC school for a game why do they hang up and say no thanks? The ACC is 4-10 out of leauge play this week...Conference USA is 9-1. For not inviting ECU to join the ACC and for being a coward to App State...not rigt ACC.
  • by beenthere2X Location: nc on Sep 5, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    been think ECU sucks. glad though that ezu beat the mountaineers. alot of lowe's people showed up here to watch and wrote off to corporate expense. more money wasted for lowe's. those corporate people sure spend the employees money in a lax way. stay home next time save the employees money and save yourselves the embarassment next time. losers.

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