ECU Rolls Over Rice, 49-13

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Dwayne Harris returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and added two touchdown catches to help East Carolina beat winless Rice 49-13 on Saturday.

Harris matched his career-high with 128 yards receiving for the Pirates (4-3, 3-1 Conference USA), while Rob Kass -- a former starting quarterback who moved to tight end -- had his first career scoring catch to help East Carolina to a relatively stress-free win. The Pirates led 21-3 by midway through the second quarter and never let the Owls (0-7, 0-3) make it closer than a two-possession game before blowing it open late.

It was another big performance from Harris, a junior receiver who has become the Pirates' big-play threat. Last week, he had a 77-yard kickoff return for a score and a rushing touchdown in a loss at SMU, and has scored seven touchdowns in the past four games.

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  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Nov 3, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    I'm thinking that this will be the last comment on this article. Since Hokie has not responded, I assume you have learned an invaluable lesson about counting your chickens before they hatch. The Hokies have been forced to deal with two consecutive losses and I know that has been hard to swallow. Everyone in the nation knows that the Hokies will be fired up Thursday evening so they are going to be a difficult team to defeat. My hope is that ECU will play them a respectable game and it will be an entertaining game for a national audience to view. I wasn't born yesterday, so I know the Pirates are going to have their hands full. Beamer ball will be back and I feel like his team will be motivated to no end. Therefore, I would like to close by wishing both teams good health and may they convey great sportsmanship to a nation that is experiencing many trials and tribulations at this time in history. God bless the players and coaches in this game and I appeal to my Pirate fans to convey class.
  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Oct 30, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Hokie, I rest my case. The Hokies fell to a good Carolina Tarheel team. Always remember to take one game at a time. The Tarheels have made the state of North Carolina proud this morning. The fireworks were great and the turkey legs looked delicious. But today all that I can think about is the Hokie Pokie. You had better turn yourself around before next Thursday. From the movie Angels in the Outfield, it can happen. ECU may have more success than you bargained for like what happened in Blacksburg last evening. The national audience enjoyed the Hokies and will be ready to see them again next week. Until then, you put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in, and you shake it all about, you do the Hokie Pokie and you turn yourself around, that's what it is all about. By the way, what is a Hokie?
  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    Hokie, I appreciate the comment, but you had better worry about the Carolina Tarheels before discussing your would be blowout over ECU. Something tells me that the Tarheels will be very focused tonight especially because of the way they lost to Florida State. The Tarheels may strike first blood against your fearless Hokies. The Tarheels have a season to play for tonight, so, beware. Don't say I didn't warn you if Tech goes down.
  • by Hokie on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    VA Tech is going to blow ECU out of the water! WOO HOO!
  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Oct 28, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    What I expected last evening in the game with Memphis came to fruition. I was able to watch the Pirates win another crucial game that will prepare them for Virginia Tech. Tomorrow night, UNC and Virginia Tech will be battling in the ACC conference. For once, I hope the Tarheels can battle them and at least wear them down prior to our game with Virginia Tech next Thursday. Now I know that a lot of people don't give ECU much of a chance next Thursday. Even Lou Holtz stated indirectly in the television newscast last night that the ECU Pirates will have a difficult time running the football. All things said, we are getting some extra days to prepare for the game and everyone knows what happened the last time that Virginia Tech came to Greenville. Yes, ECU will be required to play to perfection but, it can happen on any given college game day. So all you ECU Pirate fans start getting pumped and prepare to see history made next Thursday. It would be nice to beat them twice in a row. Go ECU.
  • by CWW Location: Norfolk on Oct 27, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    Dakota, hopefully the Pirates can keep up the good work and continue to improve this season. I believe ECU will continue to have great success in recruiting out of Tidewater. It nice to know that not everyone is an ECU basher.
  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Oct 26, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    CWW, it all comes down to you either do, or do not, have class. Hopefully, Wednesday morning I'll be reading the newspaper about another Pirate victory. We appreciate our Pirate fans in Norfolk and throughout the state of Virginia. Some great athletes have played for ECU out of the Tidewater area. Keep sending those kids our way.
  • by CWW Location: Norfolk on Oct 26, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    JDLadd...cupcakeUSA as you so eloquently stated may not be a BCS conference but things have changed and the non BCS teams are scaring the mighty BCS and in several cases beating them. So, having said that you might want to rethink CUSA being the worst conference in college football. By the way, if you're not an ECU fan why are commenting on an article about ECU?
  • by JDLadd on Oct 26, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    Dakota, just remember, ECU plays in CupcakeUSA. The absolute WORST conference in college football!
  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Oct 26, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    Nice to hear from you Coach M. A win at Memphis tomorrow night is going to be nice for the Pirates. I really believe we have crossed our bump in the road and good things are going to happen in the future. Like the old saying, when the going gets rough, the tough get going. Florida and Alabama both got a feeling of what it feels like to be at the top on Saturday with their wins. On any given Saturday, you never know what you may run into. All the Pirates have to do now is to stay the course and focus on one game at a time like they did last year.

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