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East Carolina receivers Tyler Snead and Blake Proehl (11) celebrates one of the Pirates’ six touchdowns versus SMU.

It's Gameday and East Carolina's football team is in Connecticut aiming to beat the Huskies for ECU's first American Athletic Conference win of the season. 

Here are Ronnie Woodward's three questions -- words plus video at the bottom -- heading into the noon kickoff:


1. What is the score after three quarters? The Pirates are favored by double digits, a position they have rarely been in this season, for a chance to be in control of a game during various stages of the second half. A comfortable lead for the visitors heading into the fourth quarter would give them a shot to run the ball and play defense and not have to rally to a win like they tried to do during recent games. Connecticut, however, would love for it to be a close contest it can seize on its home field during the final minutes.

2. Who leads ECU in receiving yards? C.J. Johnson had an American Athletic Conference-record 283 yards versus Cincinnati. Tyler Snead then exploded for 19 catches for 240 yards versus SMU. The Pirate offense that early in the season was struggling to hit on big plays has rising playmakers in Johnson, Snead and Blake Proehl. Facing a vulnerable defense in UConn, quarterback Holton Ahlers should have options to spread the ball out or to key on a favorite target or matchup.

3. How many rushing yards by Kevin Mensah? Mensah is the Huskies’ starting running back who requires attention. Not only did he run for 144 yards against Wagner to begin the season, but his other 100-yard outings include Cincinnati, Navy and UCF. Inconsistent quarterback play has been an issue for the Huskies all year, so their best shot to win this game might be behind another big outing by their reliable running back.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.