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Another night game for ECU, UCF


East Carolina receiver Deondre Farrier (1) is upended by UCF's Richie Grant at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium last season as ECU offensive players D'Ante Smith (67) and Holton Ahlers (12) trail the play during the night game.


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mike Houston said Monday that his ideal football kickoff time is 2 p.m. so he can spend some family time at night after getting home from a game, but he is preparing his East Carolina team again this week for a night kickoff.

The Pirates (3-3, 0-2 American Athletic Conference) will be looking to pull an upset at UCF (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday in a 7 p.m. game in Orlando that will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. It will be the fifth game this year for each team to begin at 6 p.m. or later, which is normal for the Knights given their success in recent seasons, but comes for an ECU program trying to build back up its national profile.

"I'm getting tired of them and need an afternoon kickoff," Houston joked during his weekly news conference. "An advantage is we've had so many (at night) that the guys did a pretty good job the last few we had against Old Dominion and Temple of handling that schedule. Everybody will be antsy by 7 o'clock. ... Everything is dictated by TV and factors like that and it is what it is, so I'm sure it will give them all day for homecoming at UCF to tailgate and that's why I expect a full house and for it to be very rowdy Saturday night."

In addition to playing again at night, both teams are coming off a bye week. The Pirates lost 27-17 at Temple on Oct. 3, followed one day later by UCF falling 27-24 at Cincinnati in an AAC East showdown that put the Bearcats in major contention to eventually win the league.

"You should be fresher and have a little extra time to prepare, and that's been an advantage for us in the past (at James Madison), but at the same time, they've had an extra week to prepare as well so I don't know if there's an advantage for any one of us over the other," Houston said.

Houston and his staff made some changes to the offensive depth chart following the loss to Temple, including that Zech Byrd has moved to starting tight end and freshman team-leading rusher Demetrius Mauney is listed as the first running back.

Mauney is in line to be the Pirates' fourth starting RB in seven games. Darius Pinnix started the first two weeks before an injury, Hussein Howe started the next two and then left the team and Trace Christian was the starter for the previous two contests despite Mauney finishing as ECU's top rusher in each of those last two outings.

Houston said Monday that Pinnix is still in recovery mode, and his situation remains fluid.

"Darius and I have talked that we want to get him healthy first, and until we get him healthy, there's no need on making any decisions," Houston said when asked if Pinnix could redshirt this year -- playing in up to two more games -- to preserve his status as a junior for next season.

Quarterback Holton Ahlers leads the Pirates with three rushing touchdowns. Mauney has 244 yards on 57 carries, good for a 4.3 yards-per-carry average to match Christian, but Pinnix is the only ECU running back to get in the end zone with two TDs against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 7.

The Pirates' last game at Orlando was played at night, and the 2017 UCF team, which finished undefeated behind a wave of NFL talent, won 63-21. ECU was more competitive in 2018, also at night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, in a 37-10 defeat when Ahlers made his first-career start as a freshman.

"I wouldn't say there is any preference as far as night or noon game or anything like that, but I do feel like our team is accustomed to it," said Pirate left tackle D'Ante Smith, who is on a streak of 19 straight starts. "It shouldn't be nothing for us to adjust to (this week)."

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


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November 12, 2019

East Carolina basketball's road-heavy start to the season continues tonight against Appalachian State.

It is the first in-state opponent for ECU, which beat Virginia Military Institute a week ago and then lost Friday night at Navy, 62-57. App. State also is 1-1.

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November 12, 2019

Ninety-four points, zero wins.

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E Carolina SMU Football

November 11, 2019

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele had options on the final offensive play Saturday to finish off a 59-51 win against East Carolina.

It was fourth-and-3 with 55 seconds remaining at the Pirate 39-yard line. ECU had already taken its final timeout, and SMU then called a timeout after shifting to a pooch…

E Carolina SMU Football

November 11, 2019

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Clemson, obviously, would be No. 1. South Carolina would be fourth thanks to its win over Georgia.

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Louisiana-Monroe No. 24 Appalachian State Football

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E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

DALLAS — East Carolina competed for four quarters against a ranked team for the second straight week, yet a similar feeling and still winless this season in the American Athletic Conference after a 59-51 defeat to No. 23 SMU.

Here are three answers from the game:

1. How many passing…

E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

DALLAS — Tyler Snead, all 5-foot-7 and 167 pounds of him, chased and nearly grabbed NCAA history Saturday afternoon at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in East Carolina football's 59-51 loss at SMU.

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E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

DALLAS — SMU continued its banner football season, giving some of its longtime fans more memories of the 1980s with an offense that produced droves of points and yards again at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

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E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

Seth LeDay's jumper with 14 seconds to play in the second half on Friday night pulled the East Carolina basketball team within a point of Navy, but when the Pirates fouled in the final minute, the Midshipmen made their free throws to preserve a 62-57 win in the Veteran's Classic in Annapolis.



November 09, 2019

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