Pirates Stunned! ECU Upset by Wolfpack 30-24

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Greenville native Andre Brown's 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted North Carolina State to a 30-24 upset of No. 15 East Carolina on Saturday.

Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes -- including a game-tying 5-yarder to George Bryan with 1:12 left in regulation for the Wolfpack (2-2), seven-point underdogs who hung around all afternoon and never trailed by more than a touchdown.

Patrick Pinkney was 19-of-32 passing for 210 yards and a touchdown for the Pirates (3-1), whose BCS-busting hopes are all but over after their second straight loss to the Wolfpack. Pinkney's fumble on East Carolina's third play in overtime gave NC State a shot at the upset.

Brown hurdled defender J.J. Milbrook during a remarkable 16-yard run that set up the winning score, and finished with 73 yards and a 4-yard touchdown reception.

Wilson, a redshirt freshman making his first home start, went 21-for-31 for 210 yards and had a 20-yard TD throw to Williams. He energized a Wolfpack offense that entered with no touchdowns this season against teams from the bowl subdivision, and was one of just three in the FBS to rank 100th or worse in the four major stat categories -- rushing, passing, scoring and total offense.

NC State finished with 384 total yards against an East Carolina defense that entered as one of the nation's best.

Pinkney had a 20-yard scoring pass to Devon Drew for the Pirates, who have lost 14 of the 21 meetings in Raleigh and struggled for the second straight week. They opened the season with upsets of then-ranked Virginia Tech and West Virginia, but needed a final-moments scoring drive to outlast Tulane last week.

Van Eskridge returned an interception 23 yards for a score and third-stringer Norman Whitley added 83 yards rushing and a 42-yard scoring run for the Pirates, who never trailed in regulation but couldn't generate any separation against the most despised rival on its schedule.

After Ben Hartman's 21-yard field goal with 4 1/2 minutes left put the Pirates up 24-17, NC State's offense went to work: T.J. Graham returned the kickoff to the Wolfpack 45, and Wilson needed only two plays to move them into the red zone, hitting Jarvis Williams for 26 yards and Andre Brown for 17.

Five plays later, Wilson found a sliding Bryan in the end zone. The officials initially ruled the pass incomplete, but reversed the call after a review of about 5 minutes.

East Carolina went three-and-out on its final possession of regulation.

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  • by Phyllis Location: Canton, GA on Sep 27, 2008 at 10:52 AM
    I am appalled by many of the statements that have been made on these blogs. They are so hateful. Almost everyone has a bad game or two. You would think from the comments that every NCSU and ECU fan is horrible. I have attended home games for both teams as my father was a NCSU graduate. In Raleigh and in Greenville, you will find wonderful and horrible fans. Growing up, we endured for every home State game an obnoxious fan. Most State fans would have preferred that this fan have pulled for someone else. At ECU's last home game last year, I met some fans I would have preferred not to be ECU fans. Everywhere you go you are going to find wonderful and obnoxious fans. I would never compare USC to ECU at this point. However you never know what might happen in the future. Years ago there were schools winning national championships that are no where on the radar now. BTW, Trojan fans, you lost to an unranked team Thursday night. Does that mean you are over ranked?
  • by smb=pirategirl Location: Grimesland aka Pirate Nation on Sep 26, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    Excuse me? Did I just read that someone said NC State had "class" for not rushing the field? What about throwing beers at the ECU fans as they were leaving Carter Finley, or getting into the faces of ECU fans and taunting them for the loss when all they were trying to do was leave the stadium. Do you call that class?
  • by smb=pirategirl Location: Grimesland aka Pirate Nation on Sep 26, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    *Standing up to applaud Big T (formerly Pirate)*
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Sep 25, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    Dave. are you ready to box? 12 pm X cel Fitness on Tuesday! I told all of the local media to be there!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 24, 2008 at 04:05 PM
    WOW nice post Big T, formerly Pirate! You are one of the "few" good ECU fans!
  • by Big T (formerly Pirate) Location: greenville on Sep 24, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    No to dave and deadfish, I don't have delusions about ecu winning a national title. With that being said, a CUSA title would be nice. I did not attend ecu, however, I do appreciate what ecu does for this community economically. I enjoy pulling for the pirates. It would not surprise me, if the pirates are sucessful, if Skip bolted. Pat Dye, Ed Emory, just to name a few, did that very thing. Locally, ecu is what we have. Many communities in america don't even have that. So, pardon me, if I enjoy our local glory. I am not the closed minded person in this conversation. And for the record, I am a Joe Paterno fan. I am sure that will make Dave's day. As far as that academic crap goes, its a joke. I can write on a piece of paper that I am 6'5" and 240, fast as Carl Lewis, and built like Fabio. But just because its written, doesn't make it so. USC is a rule breaker, their booster support just gives them the resources to sweep the "dirty little secrets" under the carpet.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    deadfish we live in an area with a bunch of close minded ECU Pirate fans. To them, their team is a powerhouse who is going to win the CUSA title!! Since ECU will NEVER win a national title all these fans care about is that stupid CUSA title. Let them have their glory and people like us will continue to laugh at them!
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Sep 23, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    Pirate: English was NOT my major in college! Regarding the OSU player comment again I tell you it was/is NOT a big deal. While OSU is leading USC by about 300 pts for the 2009 recruiting class USC has more 4 and 5 stars players. With ALL due respect please do your homework. I assume that you attended ECU. Two points I am making since you attacked USC academics: 1. ECU is rated #206 academically in the nation. 2. USC is rated #25. Per: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/national-counselor-rank Pirate I am NOT a WITN employee much less a fan of their network. I follow their blogging rules and I am extremely polite with my strong criticism. BTW I don't think ECU will defeat neither UCF nor TCU who are two very tough opponents. Let me share a comment by Chicago columnist Jay Marrioti on ESPN. He referred to Notre Dame poor record under Charlie Weis. He stated that if ND doesn't improve Skip Holtz might be their next head coach, UHM? I read that before on the web.
  • by pirate Location: greenville on Sep 23, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    And deadfish, I stand corrected on the possesive noun. That is called an transposed typing error that was not proofread. My bad, but hey, I'm not perfect like you are. You are my literary hero!
  • by Pirate Location: greenville on Sep 23, 2008 at 09:09 AM
    Dave, Dave, we had this conversation before the WVA game. I predict ECU 34, Houston 31. I believe it will be close, and for the very reason you say. However, the loss this past weekend was the best thing that could have happened to the pirates motivationally.

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