RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help East Carolina beat North Carolina State 42-28 on Saturday.
Justin Hardy had a first-quarter TD catch for the Pirates (9-2), who dominated the Wolfpack (3-8) to reach nine wins for the third time in six years. East Carolina led 21-7 at halftime and 35-7 entering the fourth on the way to the season's second road win against an instate rival from the Atlantic Coast Conference, not to mention its fifth straight overall.
The Pirates were stepping away from their Conference USA championship chase in their final year in that league. They travel to Marshall next week with a chance to clinch an appearance in the league title game as well as their first 10-win season in 22 years.
Brandon Mitchell threw four TD passes for the Wolfpack, three coming after the Pirates had built a big lead.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - East Carolina is stepping away from its pursuit of a league championship to focus on beating another instate rival from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Pirates (8-2) travel to North Carolina State on Saturday in the first of two road games to close the regular season. Beating the struggling Wolfpack (3-7) would mark East Carolina's fifth straight win and send Ruffin McNeill's squad into next week with even more momentum as it plays for a trip to the Conference USA championship game.
East Carolina already has a lopsided win at North Carolina this season. Beating N.C. State would mark a second road win against a BCS league opponent this year and ECU's first at Carter-Finley Stadium since 2006.
N.C. State has lost six straight games under first-year coach Dave Doeren.
Watch the game on WITN beginning at Noon on Saturday.