Thanks in part to an exemplary, 60-minute defensive effort, East Carolina battled visiting Navy until the final whistle in a 27-23 Midshipmen victory that was nothing like the grossly lopsided routs by the Mids over the Pirates in recent history.

In fact, Navy (3-2, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) amassed a massive average of 430.5 yards on the ground alone in its four previous wins over ECU. Although the visitors finished off the Pirates (1-3, 1-2) once again, this time ECU had the final possession in a one-score game, and it offered its own promising rushing attack. Navy’s pair of key second-half touchdowns helped it slightly out-gain the Pirates in ground yards, 288-268. ECU actually out-gained the Mids in total yards, 372-318.