Recap: East Carolina vs. North Carolina
Greenville, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Shane Carden threw for a season-high 438 yards and accounted for six touchdowns, as the East Carolina Pirates dismissed the North Carolina Tar Heels, 70-41, in a non-conference shootout at Dowdy- Ficklen Stadium.
Carden completed 30-of-48 attempts in his fifth-career 400-yard passing performance with four passing touchdowns, two rushing scores and a pick for ECU (3-1). Breon Allen had a career day with 18 carries for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Trevon Brown (five receptions, 117 yards, two TDs), Isaiah Jones (eight receptions, 116 yards, TD) and Justin Hardy (six receptions, 92 yards) all benefited from Carden's big day passing.
For UNC (2-1), Marquise Williams completed 14-of-25 passes for 127 yards and an interception prior to being pulled for Mitch Trubisky (8-of-16, 103 yards, TD). Romar Morris had nine carries for 46 yards and two scores, and Mack Hollins tallied 92 receiving yards on four catches.
ECU got off to a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game following a 55-yard scoring strike from Carden to Brown.
UNC responded with 13 unanswered points over the next 10 minutes. Two long drives stalled in the red zone, resulting in a pair of short Nick Weiler field goals (21, 22). The Tar Heels scored a touchdown on a trick play when Ryan Switzer caught a backward pass before throwing it to T.J. Thrope for a 35- yard touchdown.
The Pirates regained the lead at the end of a busy first quarter when Allen rushed in an 11-yard score.
The Tar Heels went back ahead early in the second quarter, 20-14, on another trick play. The team lined up to kick a field goal but holder Tommy Hibbard spun out of pressure and tossed a 29-yard touchdown to Eric Albright.
The seesaw continued on the ensuing possession, as ECU marched down the field on an eight-play, 75-yard drive, capped off by another Carden-to-Brown touchdown connection (26 yards) to go up, 21-20.
ECU extended its lead with under four minutes to play in the half on another Allen touchdown run, this time from 44 yards outs.
The Pirates executed a perfect two-minute drill at the end of the half, using 10 plays to travel 80 yards with Carden connecting with Brandon Bishop on a 19-yard score with just eight seconds to play, putting the home team ahead, 35-20, going into the halftime locker room.
ECU continued to pull away early in the third quarter, this time with the defense getting involved when Zeek Bigger picked off a Williams pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown.
The Tar Heels ended the ECU run at 28 straight points at the 11:49 mark of the third quarter, as a seven-yard touchdown rush by Morris brought them to within 15, 42-27.
Carden added to his big afternoon with a two-yard touchdown rush with 5:14 to play in the third. The scoring play was set up by an 84-yard rush by Allen. The signal caller would add another passing score later in the frame, a 25- yarder to Jones.
The rout continued early in the fourth quarter with another short touchdown rush by Carden, this time from one yard out.
Trubisky tossed a 10-yard touchdown to Jack Tabb less than two minutes later for UNC.
The high-scoring affair didn't wrap up before a four-yard touchdown run by Kurt Benkert for ECU and a 14-yard scoring rush by Morris for UNC.
The barn burner consisted of 1,228 yards of offense, with ECU setting a school record with 789 yards. It was the most single-game points and yards allowed in UNC history.Game Notes