GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Anthony Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:49 left to help East Carolina beat North Carolina State 33-30 on Saturday.
Scott finished with 90 total yards and two scores for the Pirates (2-0), who won their sixth straight game against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents dating to the 2013 season. James Summers also ran for two scores, the second a 15-yarder that saw him dragging tacklers into the end zone in the third quarter.
The Wolfpack (1-1) had a final chance for the tie. But Ryan Finley’s 21-yard pass over the middle to Bra’Lon Cherry killed the final seconds to seal ECU’s win.
Matt Dayes ran for 103 yards, while Finley, Jaylen Samuels and Reggie Gallaspy II each ran for touchdowns. But on a day when both teams had several key miscues, N.C. State’s mistakes – a stuffed fake field goal, for one – proved too much to overcome.
N.C. STATE: N.C. State moved the ball and racked up 497 yards with its new offense, but its defense struggled to keep up in its first true test of the season. That doesn’t bode well with high-powered offenses like Clemson and Louisville ahead on the schedule.
EAST CAROLINA: New coach Scottie Montgomery now has a big win in just his second game, taking down an instate rival in the kind of performance sure to charge up the Pirates’ fans and give the program a jolt of momentum in the midst of a tough nonconference slate.
N.C. STATE: The Wolfpack continues the nonconference schedule with a home game against Old Dominion. N.C. State has won the only two meetings, 46-34 at home in 2014 and 38-14 on the road last year.
EAST CAROLINA: The Pirates continue a tough nonconference schedule with a trip to South Carolina, the second of three straight against power-conference opponents.
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GREENVILLE, NC (ECU) —
First-year East Carolina University Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery addressed members of the media on Monday prior to this Saturday’s road game at South Carolina. The following are selected comments:
“I feel very confident saying that Pirate Nation had a lot to do with us winning that football game. There were some critical times in the game where, as a coach, you can feel the effect of the crowd whether it’s for you or against you, and how your team communicates. We did a really, really good job from a fan standpoint and Dowdy-Ficklen was perfect for this weekend. I reached out to several people over the last couple of days and told them that I thought that was a real, real big deal in that game. The way that we turned out and gave our kids support – that was impressive.”
On NC State Game (Recap):
“I’d be remised if I didn’t say that I think we beat a really good football team in NC State. They were physical in their front. Their skill guys were a lot bigger and stronger than we imagined them being. We thought they were big and strong, but when we got them out on the field, they were even bigger and stronger. They were well coached. I thought they played through the echo of the whistle. It was a physical battle the entire time. That was a big-time matchup like I said before the game, and we are very happy to come out on the victorious side of things.