ECU opened its 2020 road conference slate with a 44-24 win over USF on Saturday. The Pirates amassed 432 yards of offense and scored five offensive touchdowns behind freshman running back Rahjai Harris’ first two collegiate scores. Quarterback Holton Ahlers went 17-for-26 through the air for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

Below are some interesting notes and pieces of information following ECU’s first win of the 2020 campaign. You can also find a recap of the game here.

  • ECU snapped a two-game losing streak within the American Athletic Conference
  • ECU has won 39 of its last 43 games when leading at the half — held a 31-17 advantage through two quarters on Saturday
  • ECU has forced at least one turnover in 13 of its last 14 games with two against USF — two-plus turnovers forced in five of last seven games
  • ECU — scored on 27 of last 28 red zone trips over last seven games — 10-for-10 in 2020 — 5-for-5 on Saturday
  • ECU — employed 15 first-time starters this season — three on Saturday (RB Keaton Mitchell, DT Elijah Morris and DT Chris Willis)
  • ECU — recorded five sacks and 13 TFL on Saturday — 0 sacks through two games heading into the game
  • Ja’Quan McMillian had his 14-start streak snapped — Malik Fleming and Nolan Johnson started at cornerback
  • C.J. Johnson caught three passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns — second time in career with multiple scores in a game (2019 vs. Temple)
    • At least one reception in 14 of 15 career games
  • Blake Proehl has at least one reception in 18-straight games — one catch in 23 of 25 career games
  • Xavier Smith logged a career-best 12 tackles (11 solo) on Saturday — at least one tackle in 16-straight games
  • Jireh Wilson recorded ECU’s first sack of 2020, and his first career sack, in the first quarter
    • Notched a career-best two sacks on Saturday
  • Jake Verity became ECU’s all-time leading scorer with 14 points against USF — passed Warren Harvey with PAT in the second quarter
    • Now has 309 career points
    • 5th kicker in AAC history with over 300 career points
    • Went 3-for-4 on field goals, 5-for-5 on PAT’s on Saturday
    • Has 21 career multi-field goal games
    • Has scored double digits 14 times in career
  • ECU is now 1-2 overall, 1-1 American on the season

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