Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes and Jake Verity nailed four field goals as East Carolina pulled away for a 33-17 victory over BYU on Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.
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McKenzie Milton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and No. 22 UCF also got touchdowns on defense and special teams in a 63-21 rout of East Carolina on Saturday night.
John Gutekunst, who coached special teams at East Carolina in 2009, is returning to ECU as a defensive analyst under coach Scottie Montgomery.
Logan Marchi threw for 321 yards for his first career 300-yard game and had two touchdowns passes to help Temple top East Carolina 34-10 on Saturday.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
David Cutcliffe says he's shared advice with ECU's Scottie Montgomery -- a former Duke assistant -- on the struggles the Pirates have endured this season: "I've been through it. Particularly here where you felt like winning was never going to be a product of your hard work. The thing you can't do is change your principles and search for answers that don't really exist."
Quinton Flowers threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 18 South Florida extended its school-record winning streak to 10 by routing East Carolina 61-31 on Saturday.
Thomas Sirk threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns, and East Carolina held off UConn 41-38 on Sunday in the conference opener for both teams.
Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns -- three to Cam Phillips -- to help No. 16 Virginia Tech beat East Carolina 64-17 on Saturday.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
East Carolina has a well-known history of upsetting ACC opponents, including Virginia Tech. Its early, put the Pirates have a lead on the Hokies and look like a far different team than the one that lost to James Madison and West Virginia.
Virginia Tech heavily favored over East Carolina
The Hokies have won five of their last seven meetings against East Carolina, including a dominating victory last season. But Virginia Tech lost the last time it faced the Pirates in Greenville.
The American Athletic Conference has adjusted the schedule for seven teams in the wake of Hurricane Irma, including rescheduling the USF-UConn game for Nov. 4.