Pirates Heading To Tulsa For The C-USA Championship

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina finally has an opponent for next Saturday's Conference USA Football Championship Game.

With its 38-35 victory at Marshall Saturday afternoon, coupled with Houston's 56-42 loss at Rice, Tulsa has punched its ticket to the fourth annual league title game. The Golden Hurricane (10-2 overall, 7-1 in C-USA play), the West Division winner, will meet the East Division champion Pirates (8-4 overall, 6-2 in C-USA) on Saturday, December 6 at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa. ESPN2 will televise the championship game live, beginning at 12 noon EST.

The game features a pair of programs who both earned Top 25 poll positions earlier this year as East Carolina knocked off nationally-ranked Virginia Tech and West Virginia to begin the season while the Golden Hurricane ran off eight straight wins to open the 2008 campaign.

East Carolina and Tulsa both enter the game with a pair of two-game winning streaks. The Pirates have won five of their last six games, which includes a 53-21 decision over UTEP in their regular season finale Friday, while the Golden Hurricane have bounced back after road losses to Arkansas and Houston with victories over Tulane and Marshall.

Tulsa, which will represent the West Division for the third time in four years, has the upper hand in the series between the two teams, winning five of seven all-time matchups - including Conference USA meetings in 2005 (45-13) and 2006 (31-10).

The Golden Hurricane have one of the top offenses in college football this season, topping the 45-point mark in eight games - including three games with more than 60 points. On the other hand, East Carolina leads the league in scoring defense (20.5 ppg) and ranks second in total defense (329.4 ypg).

Tickets are priced at $30.00 and available to purchase online at www.ECUPirates.com or via the ECU Athletics Ticket Office beginning Monday morning.

Conference USA West Division Scores:

ECU will travel to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane in the C-USA title game if Houston hangs on.

Houston 42
Rice 56

Tulsa 38
Marshall 35

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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Dec 6, 2008 at 12:45 PM
    YES!!! ECU Wins and Dave will "never post on this board again"!!!! Keep your word Dave!
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Dec 6, 2008 at 05:30 AM
    Sam from Williamston: With ALL due respect you obviously don't know the SEC very well. Yes, ECU will get [MAULED] by at least 2/3 of the SEC teams and that includes South Carolina Gamecocks coached by former Heisman trophy winner Mr. Steve Spurrier. Please research before you post. You might know the CUSA Sir you don't know the SEC. BTW I am known as a huge USC Trojans Pac-10 fan. Yes, ECU has a good baseball team and program. May I remind we are talking College FOOTBALL>End Of The Story, Sir thank you and move on. Finally ECU will NOT beat Tulsa. Good day!
  • by DAVE Location: Greenville on Dec 5, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    MAN I can't WAIT until tomorrow afternoon!! Hey ECU fans, STAND BACK! There's a HURRICANE coming through!! HA HA HA HA HA!!!!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Dec 5, 2008 at 03:55 PM
    YES Barry I DID graduate from PSU!!!
  • by Barry Location: Greenville on Dec 5, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    Dave: I hear contradiction, please clarify: did you graduate from PSU: Yes or No? Your last post has indications that perhaps you did not, previously you have stated that you did... Why metion your cousin that "GRADUATED" from PSU, when YOU have stated that you did? Something seems malodorous. Inquiring minds wanna know. Again, did you graduate from PSU: Yes or No?
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Dec 5, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    Hes right pirate, you wear pads or a helment to protect vital body parts or prevent brain damage. No need to prevent something if you already have it. Don't forget pirate to ask dave's mrs if he can play.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Dec 4, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    Let's do it ecupirate. Oh, and I won't need any pads or equipment.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    To hey sam, ECU would not get mauled by every SEC team, especially since ECU has had a history of getting wins over South Carolina in football who is average at SEC play, and don't forget the wins in baseball over such squads as South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, etc. The # of wins really outnumbers the # of losses in baseball. Did I forget to mention the basketball wins over SC, Ole Miss, and Georgia. The SEC would be much better than the ACC or the Big East for ECU. Dave who would you pull for in baseball I would love to know, b/c I remember ECU beating Penn State one year then straight spanked Pittsburgh the next year in baseball, and would run the table in over the Big East baseball programs.
  • by Barry Location: Greenville on Dec 4, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    Dave: Tell me a little more, please. Did you graduate from PSU: Yes or No?
  • by Big T Location: Greenville on Dec 4, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    Dave is an armchair BCS master, if his wife lets him watch TV. You would need to ask her if he can come out to "play". It would depend if she was satisfied if he had finished his homework or not.

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