Archived Story: ECU, Appalachian State To Play Football In 2009

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina announced Tuesday that the Pirates have added Appalachian State University to their 2009 football schedule. The game, which will be played September 5 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, will renew an in-state football rivalry that covers 77 years and will mark ECU's first matchup against a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division I-AA, opponent since 2001.

The Mountaineers own a 19-10 lead in a series that dates back to 1932 but the two programs haven't met since the Pirates posted a 38-21 victory over ASU in Boone on Nov. 3, 1979.

"Although this is a single-game contract with Appalachian State for the 2009 season only, it is my hope that this game will be a springboard for a great in-state rivalry in the future," ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. "The Mountaineers have proven their ability to compete against the very best programs in the area and in the nation."

Appalachian State, winner of three consecutive FCS national championships under coach Jerry Moore, have also posted the second-highest combined win total in the last seven-plus years among the classification's scholarship programs.

In addition, the contest against the Pirates will continue a 31-year streak of consecutive Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents on ASU's schedule that recently has featured meetings against N.C. State (2006), Michigan (2007) and LSU (2008).

The Pirates have recorded an all-time 40-2 record against FCS programs since the classification was established in 1978, but have only faced five since 1990 - UCF ('91, '93), East Tennessee State ('96), Chattanooga ('98) and William & Mary ('01).

East Carolina has also produced a record of 58-40 against current members of the its former league, the Southern Conference, after earlier battles against Chattanooga, The Citadel, Furman, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina and Wofford.

"The scheduling rearrangement to move the home game with N.C. State to 2010 and to play Appalachian State at Dowdy-Ficklen in 2009 allows us to have six home games in both 2009 and 2010," Holland added. "The previous schedule would have required us play seven road games in 2010. The non-conference road schedule for 2010 would have been games at N.C. State, at North Carolina and at Virginia Tech with West Virginia at home."

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  • by Coach M Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 29, 2009 at 10:59 PM
    Well, there goes ECWho's undefeated season...LOL
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Nov 1, 2008 at 11:01 PM
    TPL & Mr. T.: Check:
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Oct 29, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    Hey Dave, I saw this article on Rivals a la Yahoo this morning...wanted to get your take....
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Oct 28, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    Texas is a much better team than PSU with a much better QB. UT QB Colt McCoy more than likely will win the Heisman trophy. UT defense is suspect and they play TT next Saturday. Guess who has the #1 defense in the nation? USC, Trojans that is! Rest my case...
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Oct 28, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    How bout them Nittany Lions. Man JoePa looks bad though. Hes probably the only guy trying to keep a position of authority that is older than McCain! I hope they can pull off a national championship so he can go ahead and retire. He's earned it as a coach. They have a real shot.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Oct 28, 2008 at 02:13 AM
    I need to correct myself it is Washington NOT Washington State who Tyrone Willingham coaches. I apologize for that. Thanks
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    I am more concerned with IOWA than MICHIGAN STATE deadfish.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Oct 27, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    PTL & Dave: I was rooting my soul out so OSU would beat PSU but to no avail! My team barely beat AZ. Dave if I were you I would NOT take Michigan State lightly. BTW effective at the end of this season WA St Tyrone Willingham is out. If ECU decides to get rid of Mr. Holtz you have a good candidate there who knows how to discipline players. As a bonus he's a bona fide recruiter...
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Oct 26, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    Thanks Pirate Lady, I appreciate your support; you are truly CLASSY! I just hope that PSU doesn't lay an egg against Iowa, Indiana, or Michigan State! All they have to do is win out to play for the National Title!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Oct 25, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    Hey Dave! Gotta give your team props tonight. I watched most of the game...that pick in the endzone at the last 30 or so seconds of the game was the prettiest I'd seen in a while! I knew OSU would try it, but I'm glad they couldn't pull it off.
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