GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Dwayne Harris scored two touchdowns, including a 3-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter, to help East Carolina defeat Central Florida 19-14 on Saturday.
Harris was a threat all over the field for the Pirates (2-2, 1-0 Conference USA), who defeated the Knights for the fourth consecutive season. The wide receiver made 10 catches for 121 yards and rushed the ball three times on direct snaps for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Brett Hodges, who threw one touchdown pass and four interceptions, was 21-for-34 for 266 yards for Central Florida (2-2, 0-2). The Knights went scoreless for more than 53 minutes after taking a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Patrick Pinkney was 27-for-40 for 293 yards and an interception for the Pirates, who amassed a season-high 408 yards of total offense.
Both teams entered the game among the nation's worst in total offense, with UCF ranking No. 116 and ECU ranking No. 113 out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. But the Knights and Pirates punted just once each in the first half, moving the ball at will until they stopped themselves with turnovers.
East Carolina running back Jonathan Williams lost a fumble inside UCF's 15-yard line that led to the game's first touchdown, a 19-yard run by the Knights' Brynn Harvey midway through the first quarter.
UCF had plenty of other opportunities to score, but couldn't convert until Hodges found Kamar Aiken in the end zone with 1:06 remaining to cut East Carolina's lead to 19-14. The Knights recovered the onside kick, but Van Eskridge intercepted Hodges' first pass of the ensuing possession to seal the game for the Pirates.
Trailing 10-7 late in the first half, UCF missed an opportunity when Hodges threw an interception on third-and-goal from the East Carolina 4. Flushed from the pocket by linebacker Nick Johnson, Hodges threw a short pass over the middle that was picked off by defensive tackle Jay Ross.
UCF also had a field goal blocked in the second quarter, and kicker Nick Cattoi came up short on a 45-yard attempt early in the fourth.
The Pirates also weren't perfect in the red zone, coming up with a total of 12 points on five trips inside the UCF 20. But Harris' 25-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter allowed them to bypass that troublesome territory and take a 10-7 halftime lead they never relinquished.
In the first quarter the Knights of UCF came out strong with the first touchdown by Brynn Harvey but ECU took a field goal in the first quarter to tighten the gap.
At the end of the first quarter East Carolinas Dwayne Harris scores the teams first Touchdown of the game. Giving the pirates a lead over the Knight s 10-7.
ECU finishes the game beating UCF with a score of 19-14.
East Carolina University and the University of Central Florida will battle it out today in Greenville.
Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. You can watch the game on WITN.
The Conference USA clash between East Carolina and UCF has been declared a "Purple Out" at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
All Pirate fans are encouraged to wear purple as ECU initiates defense of its C-USA title beginning at 3:30 p.m. Fans still needing a purple shirt for Saturday can still get an official Nike Purple Out T-shirt at Retailer Champion stores in Greenville and Raleigh while supplies last.
In addition to the Purple Out, Family Weekend and Hall of Fame/Letterwinners activities will be conducted in conjunction with the battle on the field Saturday. Five new members of the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame, who will be inducted Friday night, will also be introduced to fans during a halftime ceremony on Bagwell Field. The 2009 inductees include former NAIA All-America swimmer Thomas Carroll, former baseball and basketball letterman Vince Colbert, former sprinter Danita Roseboro-Crumpler, former softball All-America Isonette Polonius and former football coach Sonny Randle.
All gameday parking lots adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium will open six hours prior to kickoff, and for fans not in possession of designated lot parking passes, Park and Ride shuttles from the Brody School of Medicine area will operate beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Shuttle return service, which will have a pickup location at the corner of 14th Street and Haskett Way, will run routes back to the BSOM remote lots for 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
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