Following a career-best day in leading the Pirates to a thrilling win over North Carolina, East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney has been named Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week the league office announced today.
Pinkney threw for career-high 406 yards and a personal-best three touchdowns to guide East Carolina to a 34-31 non-league win over ACC member North Carolina. He completed 31-of-41 passes without an interception in his first collegiate start (and second overall game, both against BCS members).
The junior's 406 passing yards ranks second on ECU's all-time single-game list, only standing behind David Garrard's mark of 414 set against Memphis on Nov. 21, 1998. He tossed TD passes of 78, 15 and 24 (Johnson) yards and also directed the Pirates on a 31-yard game-winning march in just 49 seconds to set up deciding field goal. Pinkney also led all Pirate rushers with 22 yards on 10 carries. He earned national recognition on Saturday, earning an ESPN Game Day Final Helmet Sticker.
C-USA defensive honors were given to UAB senior S Will Dunbar, while Special Teams recognition went to SMU junior P/K Thomas Morstead.
The Pirates (1-1) will open league play this Saturday, Sept. 15 when they play host to Southern Miss (1-1) inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium with a 6 p.m. kickoff scheduled.