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ECU announces football schedule


ECU's QB Gardner Minshew throws a pass down field to ECU's WR Zay Jones during ECU vs SMU at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, November 12, 2016.


ECU Media Relations

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Contests against nine postseason qualifiers and an unprecedented slate of seven home games highlight East Carolina's complete 2017 football schedule released Thursday by the American Athletic Conference.

The Pirates' fourth campaign in the AAC will officially begin when they welcome USF to Bagwell Field inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 30. In addition to ECU's eight league matchups, previously-announced non-conference meetings with James Madison (Sept. 2), at West Virginia (Sept. 9), Virginia Tech (Sept. 16) and BYU (Oct. 21) complete the remainder of the docket.

For the first time in school history, Pirate fans will have an opportunity to watch seven regular season games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. After playing five home games among its first seven overall contests, ECU will conversely close the year with three road visits in its last five outings.

“While the challenge is obviously significant, the opportunity it creates is something we fully embrace,” second-year East Carolina Head Coach Scottie Montgomery said. “We are thankful and blessed to be in a position to compete in front of Pirate Nation on at least seven occasions, which will play a critically supportive role as it always does. We’ll come out of the gate ready to go.”

East Carolina posted a 3-9 overall mark and stood tied for fourth in the American Athletic Conference's East Division during Montgomery's initial campaign in 2016. The Pirates have qualified for eight bowl appearances in the last 11 years and three in the last five seasons.

Season tickets are on sale now with packages starting as low as $175 each. The priority deadline to order is April 1. Purchases may be made via ECU's Online Ticket Center or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.



Sept. 9 - at West Virginia

Sept. 16 - VIRGINIA TECH (FW/Paint It Gold)

Sept. 30 - *USF (FS)

Oct. 7 - *TEMPLE (HOF/Paint It Black)

Oct. 14 - *at UCF

Oct. 21 - BYU (HC/Paint It Purple)

Oct. 28 - *at Houston

Nov. 4 - *at Connecticut

Nov. 11 - *TULANE (MIL)

Nov. 18 - *CINCINNATI (SD)

Nov. 25 - *at Memphis

Dec. 2 - AAC Championship Game (highest-seed campus site) - ABC/ESPN

Home games in ALL CAPS; *American Athletics Conference game; PC-Pirate Club Day, FW-Family Weekend, FS-Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day, HOF-Hall of Fame-Letterwinners Day, HC-Homecoming, MIL-Military Appreciation Day, SD-Senior Day; Dates are subject to change pending finalization of television scheduling


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November 12, 2019

East Carolina basketball's road-heavy start to the season continues tonight against Appalachian State.

It is the first in-state opponent for ECU, which beat Virginia Military Institute a week ago and then lost Friday night at Navy, 62-57. App. State also is 1-1.

East Carolina at Appalachian State,…


November 12, 2019

Ninety-four points, zero wins.

East Carolina’s football team was dealt that harsh reality in its first two games of November, scoring 43 in a three-point loss to Cincinnati at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and then on Saturday producing even more points — 51 — but also allowing more in a…

E Carolina SMU Football

November 11, 2019

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele had options on the final offensive play Saturday to finish off a 59-51 win against East Carolina.

It was fourth-and-3 with 55 seconds remaining at the Pirate 39-yard line. ECU had already taken its final timeout, and SMU then called a timeout after shifting to a pooch…

E Carolina SMU Football

November 11, 2019

Let's expand this exercise, for one week, to include South Carolina. The Battle for The Carolinas.

Clemson, obviously, would be No. 1. South Carolina would be fourth thanks to its win over Georgia.

No. 2? Appalachian State, which would own road victories over No. 3 North Carolina and fourth-ranked…

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November 11, 2019


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E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

DALLAS — East Carolina competed for four quarters against a ranked team for the second straight week, yet a similar feeling and still winless this season in the American Athletic Conference after a 59-51 defeat to No. 23 SMU.

Here are three answers from the game:

1. How many passing…

E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

DALLAS — Tyler Snead, all 5-foot-7 and 167 pounds of him, chased and nearly grabbed NCAA history Saturday afternoon at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in East Carolina football's 59-51 loss at SMU.

Snead’s 19 receptions were four shy of tying the single-game national record and three away from…

E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

DALLAS — SMU continued its banner football season, giving some of its longtime fans more memories of the 1980s with an offense that produced droves of points and yards again at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

East Carolina was great on offense Saturday as well, gaining more yards than its nationally-…

E Carolina SMU Football

November 09, 2019

Seth LeDay's jumper with 14 seconds to play in the second half on Friday night pulled the East Carolina basketball team within a point of Navy, but when the Pirates fouled in the final minute, the Midshipmen made their free throws to preserve a 62-57 win in the Veteran's Classic in Annapolis.



November 09, 2019

Q: What is your favorite from of social media?

A: Probably Instagram, because I just like looking at the pictures.

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A: I could, but it would probably hurt. I don’t think I could very well, maybe like 12 yards. If my other leg fell off or something and I…

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