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Tulsa defeats East Carolina 45-24

The East Carolina Pirates traveled to Oklahoma to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Once again, the Pirates lost on the road to an AAC opponent.

On Saturday,  East Carolina faced off against Tulsa in an AAC matchup. The Golden Hurricanes were able to take the lead and never looked back  and went  to defeat the Pirates 45-24.
For ninth straight, ECU has produced over 350 yards of total offense and still lost. The Pirates have now lost eight of their last 10 conference games and have been horrendous when it comes to playing on the road.
ECU was 2-for-4 on fourth-down conversions and are 18-for-30 on the season. On the bright side,  ECU did not turn the ball over for the second game in a row.
As for the game, the Pirates were able to keep the game close in the first half. Phillip Nelson connected with receiver Zay Jones for 51-yard touchdown to get the Pirates on the board. After the touchdown, Tulsa led 14-7.
During the second quarter, quarterback Philip Nelson was taken out of the game and replaced by sophomore Gardener  Minshew, but the problems continued.
The defense was not able to contain Tulsa's offensive attack, giving up another touchdown and field goal, which increased the Hurricanes lead to 24-7.
The second half also did not go well for ECU.  The Pirates struck first in the third quarter with a one-yard run by James Summers. For the rest of the third quarter, all the Pirates were able to add was a field goal. Tulsa, however, scored two touchdowns, which made the score 38-17 at the end of the third.
The fourth quarter of the game was mostly a hit or miss you for both teams. Tulsa seemed content and ran the clock. They scored one more touchdown with 1:38 left in the game, making the score 45-17. Although it was garbage time, the Pirates responded quickly with a touchdown pass of their own from Minshew to Quay Johnson, and the game ended with a score of 45-24.

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