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(8) West Virginia 3, East Carolina 24

#8WVU (1-1)03003
ECU (2-0)7107024


4:30 PM ET, September 6, 2008
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium,
Greenville, NC

East Carolina controls West Virginia from start to finish

East Carolina Shocks No. 8 West Virginia, 24-3
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... ECU never trailed and never looked like would let WVU back in the game, as the Pirates ended a seven-game losing streak to WVU.
Gameball goes to... Patrick Pinkney: ECU's QB was 22-of-28, throwing for 236 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Stat of the game... 11:22: ECU won the battle of the clock 35:41 to WVU's 24:19.
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs1220
Total Yards251386
3rd Down Conversions3-128-16
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Air/Ground Leaders
West Virginia Passing
East Carolina Passing
West Virginia Rushing
East Carolina Rushing
West Virginia Receiving
East Carolina Receiving
Scoring Summary
TD08:58Jonathan Williams 5 Yd Run (Ben Ryan Kick) 07
FG09:14Ben Ryan 42 Yd 010
FG04:55Pat Mcafee 26 Yd 310
TD00:47Alex Taylor 13 Yd Pass From Patrick Pinkney (Ben Ryan Kick) 317
TD06:05Jonathan Williams 1 Yd Run (Ben Ryan Kick) 324
Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina didn't need any final-moment heroics to seal its latest upset. This time, coach Skip Holtz's plucky Pirates all but had No. 8 West Virginia put away by halftime.

Jonathan Williams had two short touchdown runs, quarterback Patrick Pinkney was nearly perfect and East Carolina routed the Mountaineers 24-3 on Saturday for its third straight win over a ranked team.

Fast Facts

• Before last week, it had been six years since a C-USA school beat a ranked BCS conference team. ECU has now done it two straight weeks (three in a row if you go back to last year's Hawaii Bowl win vs. Boise St.).

• QB Patrick Pinkney was 22-for-28 for 236 yards and a touchdown for the Pirates, who beat WVU for just the third time in 20 meetings.

• It's ECU's first Top 10 win since 1999 (vs. Miami), which is also the last time the Pirates were in the Top 25.

• This was the first time since 2001 West Virginia was held without a touchdown.

-- ESPN Research

"It feels like we won a championship today," defensive end C.J. Wilson said.

Pinkney was 22-of-28 for 236 yards with a touchdown for East Carolina (2-0), which was coming off an upset of then-No. 17 Virginia Tech in which the Pirates returned a blocked punt for the decisive touchdown in the closing minutes.

They didn't let West Virginia hang around nearly that long: They never trailed, kept Pat White in check, had 386 total yards to the Mountaineers' 251 and thoroughly outplayed them from start to finish on both sides of the ball. The result was a remarkably easy upset of a top-10 team, the school's first since Steve Logan led his Pirates past then-No. 9 Miami 27-23 on Sept. 23, 1999, in a game played 90 miles west in Raleigh because of Hurricane Floyd-related damage.

"I told them it wasn't going to take an out-of-body experience to beat West Virginia," Holtz said.

These Pirates may have done something even more remarkable. They followed last season's Hawaii Bowl victory over then-No. 22 Boise State by taking care of the two toughest teams on this year's schedule, a pair of high-profile programs that Holtz has used as measuring sticks for the East Carolina program he is in his fourth year of rebuilding.

His latest wins could propel the Pirates back into the Top 25 for the first time since '99 while keeping them in the conversation for an at-large BCS berth -- not that they're looking that far ahead yet.

"We've come a long way," Holtz said. "There was a time when we couldn't win three in a row."

White rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries and finished 11-of-18 for 72 yards for the Mountaineers (1-1), who for the second time in four games as a top-10 team were stunned by an unranked opponent dating back to a loss to Pittsburgh last December that kept them out of the national championship game.

"They beat us up," White said.

Pat McAfee kicked a 26-yard field goal midway through the second quarter for West Virginia's only points. The Mountaineers were held without a touchdown for the first time since a 45-3 loss at Miami in 2001.

"[To] the naysayers out there that want to ruin a guy's season after the first or second game, I'm not going to get all down in the dumps," coach Bill Stewart said. "You can't just put the old gold and blue on. ... You've got to play in the old gold and blue."

East Carolina entered just 2-17 against West Virginia with seven straight losses in the series, though Holtz had contained the Mountaineers' run-first offense in each of the two previous meetings before last year's 48-7 romp in Morgantown. The 8-point underdogs claimed a surprisingly lopsided win by keeping the ball away from West Virginia's high-powered offense and wearing down an inexperienced defense that consistently missed tackles and allowed the Pirates to convert half of their 16 third downs.

"Our offense really controlled the line of scrimmage and chewed up the clock and converted on third downs," safety Van Eskridge said. "With the speed they have on offense, if one guy gets out of position, they can really burn you ... [but] we settled down and slowed them down."

The Pirates had three scoring drives of 11 or more plays and went longer than six minutes, and Williams capped two of them with scoring runs of 5 and 1 yards. His second score came on East Carolina's first possession of the second half, closed a 12-play drive that included three third-down conversions and sent the crowd into delirium.

Williams, one of the committee of running backs Holtz is counting on to replace Tennessee Titans first-round draft pick Chris Johnson, led East Carolina with 69 yards on 17 carries.

The game was played hours after Tropical Storm Hanna blew through eastern North Carolina, but the storm system had no effect on the game, with the grass field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium holding firm throughout.

College Football Scores

Other Scores:

Thursday, September 4th
24 South Carolina 17 Final
Vanderbilt 24
Saturday, September 6th
Central Michigan 17 Final
2 Georgia 56
Ohio 14 Final
3 Ohio State 26
Cincinnati 26 Final
4 Oklahoma 52
Miami (FL) 3 Final
5 Florida 26
Southeast Missouri State 3 Final
6 Missouri 52
Troy Postponed
8 West Virginia 3 Final
East Carolina 24
Southern Miss 13 Final
9 Auburn 27
10 Texas 42 Final
Marshall 14 Final
11 Wisconsin 51
12 Texas Tech 35 Final
Nevada 19
Tulane 6 Final
13 Alabama 20
Louisiana Tech 0 Final
14 Kansas 29
15 Brigham Young 28 Final
Washington 27
Stanford 17 Final
15 Arizona State 41
17 South Florida 31 Final
Utah State 24 Final
18 Oregon 66
Oregon State 14 Final
19 Penn State 45
Mississippi 28 Final
20 Wake Forest 30
UNLV 21 Final
22 Utah 42
Eastern Illinois 21 Final
24 Illinois 47