ECU Wins First Conference Game

Dallas, TX-- ECU won its first conference game against Southern Methodist in Dallas, TX by a score of 49-23

Dallas, TX-- Down 23-7 in the second quarter, East Carolina (3-2 1-1 AAC) seemed down for the count early. But James Summers sparked the offense and ECU scored 42 unanswered points, going on to win the game 49-23 while taking over the second half.

Summers continued to dominate defenses, rushing for 85 yards on nine carries while also completing 90 percent of his passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Summers finished the game with a total of four touchdowns and led ECU to its first conference win this season.

ECU finished with 306 yards rushing while three running backs rushed for over 45 yards. Chris Hairston, Anthony Scott and Shawn Furlow totaled 207 yards on the ground after three weeks of sub-100 performances. Hairston averaged 5.1 yards per carry, while Furlow led all ECU running backs with 5.9 yards per rush.

The Mustangs (1-4, 0-1 AAC) scored their lowest points total since the season opener and quarterback Matt Davis only had 232 yards of total offense. Southern Methodist was held in check by the front seven of the ECU defense. Only 40 yards rushing, SMU had trouble run blocking and protecting the quarterback, allowing six sacks.

Senior linebacker Montese Overton led the way recording four sacks for a total loss of 35-yards. Yiannis Bowden also had two and a half sacks for a loss of 29-yards. Coming into the game against the Mustangs, ECU only had five sacks on the season. ECU eclipsed that total against SMU and wreaked havoc on the SMU quarterback.

Throwing two interceptions, starting quarterback Blake Kemp did not see any game time after Summers took over. Kemp completed 62.5 percent of his passes for only 96 yards, which averaged to six yards per pass. His only touchdown pass came on the first drive for ECU, connecting with Davon Grayson for a 10-yard touchdown.

Summers proved to be the spark for the offense. After taking over for Kemp, ECU had three scoring plays over 25 yards, one of those coming from a 47-yard pass to Trevon Brown. Brown led all ECU receivers with 85 yards averaging 21 yards per reception. Isaiah Jones hauled in six receptions for 76 yards.

Punter Worth Gregory had another outstanding for the Pirates. Gregory placed all four punts inside the Mustangs 20-yard line. He also punted boomed a punt for 68 yards.

Dontae Levingston and C.J. Sturyk did not make the trip for the Pirates due to injury, but the offensive line held its own. Christian Matau played most of the snaps at center while J.T. Boyd remained at his usual right guard position. The offensive line would help ECU gather its largest rushing game of the season.


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