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Game Blog: ECU defeats NC State, 42-28

Posted November 22, 2013
Updated November 23, 2013

FINAL: ECU 42, NC State 28: East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the Pirates 42-28 win over NC State Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. NC State falls to 3-8 on the season.

0:05 fourth quarter; ECU 42, NC State 28: Brandon Mitchell found Jumichael Ramos for another late touchdown to make it a 42-28 final.

0:58 fourth quarter; ECU 42, NC State 21: A 30-yard touchdown pass by Brandon Mitchell to Rashard Smith closes the gap to 42-21 late in the fourth quarter.

1:56 fourth quarter; ECU 42, NC State 14: Shane Carden finds Lance Ray in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown pass. The Pirates take a 42-14 lead under two minutes of play.

5:22 fourth quarter; ECU 35, NC State 14: NC State's Brandon Mitchell throws to Jumichael Ramos for a 2-yard touchdown pass. The extra point is good and it's 35-14 ECU with 5:22 left in the game.

5:39 third quarter; ECU 35, NC State 7: After going for it on fourth and one, East Carolina stops NC State and forces them to turn it over on downs. The Pirates take over on their own 38 and easily drive down the field for another score. Breon Allen rushes for a three-yard touchdown and the 35-7 lead.

8:23 third quarter; ECU 28, NC State 7: East Carolina drove down the field in 4 minutes and 38 seconds on their first drive of the second half for seven. Shane Carden kept the ball for a one-yard sneak and the touchdown. 

Halftime; ECU 21, NC State 7: NC State was driving near the end of the second quarter but could not quite get into the end zone. Niklas Sade is sent in for a 38-yard field goal attempt but misses it to keep the score 21-7 at the half.

5:58 second quarter; ECU 21, NC State 7: East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden scrambles for a three-yard touchdown run. The Pirates take a 21-7 lead over NC State in the second quarter.

10:56 second quarter; ECU 14, NC State 7: Shane Carden finds Bryce Williams wide open in the left corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. ECU takes the 14-7 lead.

3:09 first quarter; NC State 7, ECU 7: Brandon Mitchell finds Tony Creecy near the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown pass play. The Wolfpack tie it up 7-7 with 3:09 left in the first quarter.

11:07 first quarter; ECU 7, NC State 0: The Pirates efficiently moved down the field through the air and on the ground to set up a three yard touchdown pass from Shane Carden to Justin Hardy. East Carolina takes a 7-0 lead over NC State on their first drive of the game.

Just prior to game time NC State made a change to their two-deep putting Brandon Mitchell as the starting quarterback ahead of Pete Thomas.


Pregame: East Carolina is stepping away from its pursuit of a league championship to focus on beating another instate rival from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Pirates (8-2) travel to North Carolina State on Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL-TV, Mix 101.5 FM) in the first of two road games to close the regular season. Beating the struggling Wolfpack (3-7) would mark East Carolina's fifth straight win and send Ruffin McNeill's squad into next week with even more momentum as it plays for a trip to the Conference USA championship game.

While this week's trip to Raleigh won't factor into that title chase, safety Damon Magazu said his team is keeping a simple focus. Steve Logan: Nov. 22, 2013 Logan: ECU-NCSU could 'get ugly'

"It's the next one on our schedule," Magazu said. "It could be a conference game and everybody would treat it the same way. ... When you get out of that and start focusing on future games, that's when you mess up and start losing."

East Carolina already has a lopsided win at North Carolina this season, a 55-31 rout that marked the Pirates' first win in Chapel Hill since 1975. Beating N.C. State on Saturday would mark a second road win against a BCS league opponent this year and ECU's first at Carter-Finley Stadium since 2006.

At this point, the Wolfpack desperately needs a win against anybody.

First-year coach Dave Doeren has seen a young team struggle offensively and battle injuries. N.C. State has lost six straight games, hasn't won a game in nearly two months and hasn't scored more than 21 points since beating Central Michigan on Sept. 28.

It's the first bowl-less season for the program since 2009.

"I don't feel like (the seniors) have nothing to play for," Doeren said. "All these guys are playing for the university. They know what State has done for them. We've talked about that. They also have ambitions of playing at the next level. Nobody at the next level wants a kid that quits, I can tell you that. They've got a lot to play for."

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Here are five things to watch in Saturday's East Carolina-N.C. State game:

FAILING TO FINISH: N.C. State has been within one possession entering the final quarter in four games during the six-game skid. Doeren's Wolfpack must reverse that trend if this game is close entering the final period. "We haven't been able to make the plays to sustain or overcome the fourth quarter to this point," Doeren said.

PIRATES' MOTIVATION: The Pirates are taking a timeout from their C-USA title pursuit, but they're on course for the program's first 10-win season since going 11-1 in 1991. ECU's chip-on-the-shoulder fans also savor opportunities to beat the power-conference Tar Heels and Wolfpack so the Pirates should be ready.

CARDEN'S TIME: When the Pirates have protected quarterback Shane Carden, he's put up big numbers. When they didn't, they lost. East Carolina surrendered seven sacks in its home loss to Virginia Tech and six more in an overtime loss at Tulane. In the past two games, Carden has thrown 10 touchdown passes while ECU has allowed just three sacks.

STOPPING THE PASS: N.C. State ranks third in the ACC in pass defense by allowing 209.7 yards per game. That unit will be tested by Carden and receiver Justin Hardy, who has had either 100 yards receiving or a TD catch for seven straight games.

STARTING UP THORNTON: N.C. State's Shadrach Thornton has developed into a reliable rushing threat for the Wolfpack, but the running back got just 11 carries in last week's loss at Boston College. N.C. State would help itself to get Thornton running early and often against ECU to keep the Pirates' offense on the sideline and build some confidence for a struggling offense.

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  • PricelessGemUNC Nov 23, 11:24 p.m.

    I would like to vent for a moment if I may:

    I am so sick of this. I understand Doeren is trying... View More

    — Posted by sawdust65

    At least TOB won some games with the terrible recruiting.

    — Posted by scorekeep

    TOB not a bad coach just worked for a terrible school that is very overrated in athletics. It's... View More

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    TOB was not a bad coach, but he was not a good recruiter, and that showed on the field. Your... View More

    — Posted by sawdust65

    Just face it! You guys suck! Your school gets no national attention. Never has and never will. Your campus is ugly and looks like a prison. Your facilities are nothing to brag home about. The only thing you are known for is a lucky 1983 basketball championship, an inspirational coach V that you fired and I can't think of anything else. Just face it. Your motto should be "This is the only State we are known in"

  • sawdust65 Nov 23, 4:45 p.m.

    I would like to vent for a moment if I may:

    I am so sick of this. I understand Doeren is trying... View More

    — Posted by sawdust65

    At least TOB won some games with the terrible recruiting.

    — Posted by scorekeep

    TOB not a bad coach just worked for a terrible school that is very overrated in athletics. It's... View More

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    TOB was not a bad coach, but he was not a good recruiter, and that showed on the field. Your comment that State is a terrible school that is very overrated in athletics shows immaturity. NC State is not a terrible school, it is a good school with I believe a great fan base. What was NC State Athletics' "rating" and why do you believe that rating is too high?

  • iron fist Nov 23, 4:22 p.m.

    I would like to vent for a moment if I may:

    I am so sick of this. I understand Doeren is trying... View More

    — Posted by sawdust65

    At least TOB won some games with the terrible recruiting.

    — Posted by scorekeep

    if the announcers were as smart and as good at coaching that they think they are they would be a coach not a broadcaster most of them just like to hear themselves talk.

  • needspaintgt Nov 23, 4:21 p.m.

    Up by 28 with 5 min left. I dont care who you are not going to happen

  • tcoutouzis Nov 23, 4:12 p.m.

    We played too soft a defense in the 4th quarter. I understand going to the prevent and playing soft coverage, but that was ridiculous. If we get a big lead on Marshall, they have the weapons to come back. We don't need to be playing soft defense even though the game is won.

  • jdpridg Nov 23, 4:08 p.m.

    Wow. A fourth quarter like that against a real team like Marshall and we can chalk that one up... View More

    — Posted by jdpridg

    Dude! How could you be a fan of MoooU? ECU is State's biggest rival!

    — Posted by PricelessGemUNC

    Haha! House divided and all that.

  • PricelessGemUNC Nov 23, 4:02 p.m.

    Wow. A fourth quarter like that against a real team like Marshall and we can chalk that one up... View More

    — Posted by jdpridg

    Dude! How could you be a fan of MoooU? ECU is State's biggest rival!

  • jdpridg Nov 23, 4:01 p.m.

    Wow. A fourth quarter like that against a real team like Marshall and we can chalk that one up as a loss.
    I understand they gave up because they knew they had it won, but man... that is a disappointing finish.
    Sorry pack fans... This is the only game I ever pull against you. That's my home team. I'm back on board next week.

  • PricelessGemUNC Nov 23, 3:53 p.m.

    I would like to vent for a moment if I may:

    I am so sick of this. I understand Doeren is trying... View More

    — Posted by sawdust65

    At least TOB won some games with the terrible recruiting.

    — Posted by scorekeep

    TOB not a bad coach just worked for a terrible school that is very overrated in athletics. It's very surprising that the STATE of NCSU is as bad as it is.They have a very good booster program but nothing to show for it.

    On another note. I really missed that new state logo at midfield. Oh wait the Heels took that back to Chapel Hill with them.

    NC State the "cupcake" of the ACC!

  • ezme22 Nov 23, 3:52 p.m.

    mooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo...

    NCST's new motto..."Embrace the Suck"

    BAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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