ECU Beats UCF 19-14

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.

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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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  • by Dave Location: Somewhere good on Sep 29, 2009 at 08:17 AM
    That's pretty bold when you actually name yourself after a football team like ThePirateLady does. I think that I may follow suit and instead of Dave, I may go by one of the following: NittanyLionsMan, SteelersDude, or PenguinsGuy. What do you all think?
  • by Go Pirate Lady Location: ENC on Sep 28, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    You gotta love a lady who not only loves football, but supports the Pirates! Dave is just in the wrong state so somebody show him I-95 North. JDLadd had a typo in that joke about the sweaty t-shirt, his fingers got tangled up and he meant to type UNC. Go Pirates. Marshall will be, as always, a tough opponent.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 27, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    Moderators Nightmare, I can't deny, the SEC is good. Dave, sweetie, have you EVER heard me say that ECU would go undefeated? Tell me where I said that. I am not one of these people shout BCS buster or anything like that. I've always said that ECU has a long way to go before we can get to that point. We need better recruiting and consistent wins. Don't get it twisted. Show me a quote where The Pirate Lady said "ECU will go undefeated?" That's what I thought. And I don't care if I hurt your feelings. You should know that by now.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 27, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    NCSU, you're awesome! I look forward to our match up next year. We tailgated with some State fans last year and they were great!
  • by to: Re: Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 27, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    Sweetie, I appreciate you taking up for your team and talking down to me by telling me to act like a lady, but darling, let me tell you something...I get so sick of UNC fans talking all the smack they want, week after week, unprovoked most of the time, but when UNC loses and an ECU fan says something, it's "leave those poor Heels alone"! Are you kidding me? So, it's okay for JDLadd and Richie and even Dave to come here and say something about ECU, but I can't return the favor? Maybe I should go to the college football scores article and post my smack? Would that make you happy? Honey, I try to be nice, I really do. When deadfish was here, we were very cordial to each other. As anti-ECU as he is, I really liked him. Why? Because we could talk football without resorting to 3rd grade antics. The non ECU people here don't know how to behave in an adult manner, so I'm just talking to them in a way they understand. Don't like it? Your problem. Click on that X at the top right of your screen.
  • by NCSU Location: WASHINGTON on Sep 27, 2009 at 03:20 PM
  • by JDLadd on Sep 27, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    What do ECU football and a sweaty T-shirt have in common? They both STINK!
  • by Dave Location: Behind you on Sep 27, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    Mods Nightmare you are the joke. ECU is a terrible football team and barely beat a very bad UCF team. FURTHERMORE son, if you would pay attention you would know that I can't stand any NC teams.
  • by Millie Location: Windsor on Sep 27, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    Good thing they played at home with all that support from a crowd dressed in purple. Otherwise, it would have been another loss.
  • by Re: Pirate Lady on Sep 27, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    Look Lady, why not act like one and leave the Heels out of it. Don't be a sore looser. Nobody said anythign about them. This article doesn't have to do with them, so why do you still use terms like "Tarholes". Shows the class of fan you are, take your lose and learn from it, don't marinade on it all year and wait for the next chance. If you do that, you will never win another conference title. The game was last week, why leave it alone
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