ECU football uses late touchdown drive to edge Temple, will have winning record this season
ECU 49, Temple 46
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WITN) - ECU football had a game winning drive of 8 plays, 89 yards with about 3 minutes to play to edge Temple 49-46 on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
Holton Ahlers connected with Jaylen Johnson for the game winning 38-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 to play in the game.
Keaton Mitchell brought his full grip wheels for this one. Got it started with a 49 yard touchdown run to get the pirates their first touchdown since the Cincinnati game.
The offense scored a lot but special teams got in on the act Jsi Hatfield put the Pirates back in the lead in the 2nd as he breaks a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Pirates first kickoff return td since Tyler Snead did it in 2020 also against Temple.
ECU kept coming a broken play on the fumble Ahlers stayed with it and Mitchell did the rest on a 73-yard touchdown. Ahlers threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns in the game
Keaton he had 222 yards rushing with 3 touchdowns and that receiving touchdown in the game. ECU would go ahead 42-31 on his fourth touchdown of the game.
E.J. Warner as advertised by coach Houston this week. 527 yards passing with 5 touchdown throws. He passed 63 times in the game as the Owls took the lead 46-42 with 6 minutes to play.
ECU able to get the game winning score and a stop in the final minute of play. The Pirates win to move to 7-5. They will have a winning record this year with a bowl game to play.
“We all want to go to bowl games, play for championships, winning seasons,” said ECU head football coach Mike Houston, “It’s a big deal for us.”
The Pirates are in wait and see mode for a bowl game for the second straight season. It should be announced following the conference championship games next weekend.
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