Saturday, September 10, 2016

East Carolina holds off NC State 33-30 to improve to 2-0

 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.
"It just keeps our confidence going," Summers said. "Our confidence is getting better and better every week. As long we stay in good confidence, and keep doing what we've got to do and execute, we should be fine."
The Wolfpack (1-1) had a final chance for the tie. But Ryan Finley's 22-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.
"I told our team that we had our chances, that we were not opportunistic at key moments," Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said.
THE TAKEAWAY
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.
UP NEXT
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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