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ECU 52, Old Dominion 38 • Aug. 31, 2013 • Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (Attend. 44,597) • TV: FCS

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Compacted game week ahead

GREENVILLE — The part of Pirate Nation that lives for football got a needed transfusion Saturday night. It was a time to harken back over 50 years and focus forward on a short week that will mark the start of play in Conference USA. Sandwiched between the golden anniversary celebration of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium's opening and the pending clash with Florida Atlantic was a 52-38 East Carolina win over Old Dominion and scrambling Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke
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Defense has miles to go

GREENVILLE — Maybe Brian Mitchell wasn’t the problem with the East Carolina defense. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from the Pirates’ 52-38 victory over Old Dominion. The Monarchs, in a transition year before becoming a full-fledged FBS member, carved up an ECU defense for 460 yards and at times seemed unchallenged. ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke kept the Pirates off balance for much of the night, inflicting significant damage ... More from Denny O'Brien...

Game Day Photos from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Freshman wide receiver Davon Grayson enters Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the first game of his college career. ©2013 View W.A. Myatt's image gallery...

Audio: Coach Ruff Post-game Presser

East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill addressed the media Saturday night after the Pirates defeated Old Dominion 52-38 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in the season opener for both teams. (Recorded by W.A. Myatt; file photo by Al Myatt)


Conference USA Scoreboard

   Tulane 34, Jackson State 7
   MTSU 45, Western Carolina 24
   Bowling Green 34, Tulsa 7 [ESPNU]
   Miami (FL) 34, FAU 6 [ESPNU]
SATURDAY, AUG. 31 (continued):
   Maryland 43, FIU 10 [ACCN]
   NCSU 40, Louisiana Tech 14 [ACCN]
   Texas A&M 52, Rice 31 [ESPN]
   ECU 52, Old Dominion 38 [FCS}
   North Texas 40, Idaho 6
   Marshall 52, Miami (OH) 14 [CBSSN]
   Texas State 22, USM 15
   Troy 34, UAB 31 (OT) [ESPN3]
   UTSA 21, New Mexico 13

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