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ECU 52, NCCU 7  •  Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium  •  Attendance: 42,758  •  TV: ESPNN

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American Athletic Conference Scoreboard >>> ..... Thursday > ..... Tulsa 38, Tulane 31 ..... Temple 37, Vanderbilt 7 ..... ..... Friday > ..... BYU 35, UConn 10 ..... UTSA 27, Houston 7 ..... ..... Saturday > ..... Penn State 26, UCF 24 ..... USF 36, Western Carolina 31 ..... Memphis 63, Austin Peay 0 ..... ECU 52, N.C. Central 7 ..... ..... Sunday > ..... Baylor 45, SMU 0 ..... .....

Game Day Pix from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Devaris Brunson (34) and DaShawn Benton (6) have a little fun after East Carolina's season-opening win over N.C. Central Saturday night in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Photo by W.A. Myatt. ©2014 View W.A. Myatt's complete gallery of images...

Pirates check out personnel, systems

GREENVILLE — College football doesn't have scrimmages like high schools or exhibitions as NFL teams do and financial circumstances haven't always allowed East Carolina a tune-up outing as the 2014 season opener with North Carolina Central provided at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday night.

The Pirates had a chance to check out personnel and systems in a 52-7 win before venturing to South Carolina for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday. ... More from Al Myatt...

Ruff Post-game

ECU coach Ruffin McNeill met with the press after the Pirates won their season opener Saturday night over N.C. Central (recorded by W.A. Myatt; file photo): Select audio clip...


Trout clouts 31st homer ... Minor leaguer plays nine positions ... Elway scores bargain bin gold ... USA hoops has to rally ... Wreck knocks Stewart out of race ... McIlroy surges into contention ... Wozniacki reaches U.S. Open quarters ... Tough starts for SEC pair ... Baylor opens stadium in style ... More from Al Myatt...



Kevin's Keys to the Game

The first game of the year is all about fundamentals. No matter the season, the coach or the players, there are certain things that have to happen in order for a team to win. Strategy and schematics are important, but none of that matters without blocking, tackling and protecting the ball. ... More from Kevin Monroe...



Reformulated defense may surprise

We’ve all heard that offense sells tickets, so it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that earlier this week, East Carolina – which already ranks first in attendance among programs in non-“Power Five” conferences – announced that it has surpassed the 20,000 mark in season ticket sales again this year. ... More from Brett Friedlander...



Eye patch symbolizes blind spots

Al Myatt

Season openers have provided some special moments in the career of East Carolina football coach Ruffin McNeill. In his first start at strong safety for the Pirates at N.C. State in 1977, he made a touchdown-saving tackle in the final seconds of a 28-23 win. ... More from Al Myatt...



Audio: Talk of the Town

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Fifteen Questions for Davon Grayson

Davon Grayson (6-2, 196) looks to rebound in the 2014 East Carolina football campaign from a knee injury that ended a promising true freshman season in which he had 18 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns in six games. The sophomore outside wide receiver is from the talent-rich Tidewater Virginia area, by way of Kings Fork High School. ... More from W.A. Myatt...

Pictured: Devon Grayson is back in form after rehabbing from an injury last season that cut short a spectacular start in his freshman campaign. The Suffolk, VA, product is listed as East Carolina's starter at the "Z" position (outside receiver) for Saturday's opener with N.C. Central . (ECU Media Relations photo)



'Intensity' changes for Ruff & Co.

The summer seems to drag each year, unless you’re at the beach enjoying the fun in the sun. The East Carolina Pirates' version of that fun in the sun comes in August, in preparing for the upcoming college football season. ... More from Brian Bailey...


Audio: The Brian Bailey Show

The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guest this week was ECU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley (right): Replay show...


Audio: Coach Ruff Weekly Presser...

East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill addressed the media on Monday at his inaugural weekly press conference of the 2014 season (courtesy of Pirate Radio 1250): Select clip...


Offensive encore ready to roll

About a year ago, East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley – in our annual pow-wow that would be better titled, "Please coach, open up and tell me what you really got there" – told me several things that played out almost prophetically.

In no uncertain terms, the rising star OC declared – in his manner – that wide receiver Justin Hardy and quarterback Shane Carden would re-write the record books at ECU. Check. ... More from Ron Cherubini...

Photo: Fifth-year East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, pictured along the sideline at Southern Miss in 2012, spoke recently with Bonesville's Ron Cherubini about the talent on his unit heading into the 2014 season. (Bonesville archive photo by Al Myatt)



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