ECU continued its 2020 road conference slate with a 55-17 loss against Cincinnati on Friday. The Pirates amassed 293 yards of offense and allowed the Bearcats to rack up 653 total yards. Freshman running back Keaton Mitchell rushed 17 times for a game-high 124 yards and a touchdown, giving him the first 100-yard rushing game of his collegiate career. Quarterback Holton Ahlers went 9-for-20 through the air for 87 yards. He also threw three interceptions.

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

  • ECU has scored on 37 of its last 42 red zone visits in last 11 games
    • 20-for-24 in 2020
    • 3-for-4 on Friday
  • ECU has forced at least one turnover in 17 of last 18 games
    • 12 total turnovers forced in last six games
    • One turnover forced on Friday
  • ECU has lost 10-straight games against nationally ranked opponents dating back to 2015
  • ECU has recorded at least one sack in five consecutive games
    • Zero sacks in first two games of season
  • ECU — Mitchell’s rushing touchdown in the second quarter of the first such score since the Navy game
    • ECU has four 100-yard rushers in 2020 (Rahjai Harris with three, Mitchell with one)
  • ECU — 38-point loss on Friday was the largest defeat in the Mike Houston era
    • Previous largest was 32 points against Navy in 2019
  • ECU went a combined 3-for-12 on third and fourth downs against Cincinnati
  • Fernando Frye started his 15th-straight game along the offensive line
  • Holton Ahlers went 9-for-20 for 87 yards on Friday
    • First time under 100 yards passing in a game in his career — previous low was 138 against Navy in 2019
    • Tied his career-high with three interceptions
  • Rick D’Abreu logged his first career sack in the third quarter on Friday
  • Rahjai Harris rushed a game-high 23 times for 84 yards and a touchdown
    • Has rushed for at least 84 yards in four games this season
    • Has three games with at least 100 rushing yards
  • Luke Larsen punted a career-high five times on Friday for 207 yards
  • Keaton Mitchell rushed 17 times for 124 yards and a touchdown on Friday
    • First career collegiate touchdown in the second quarter (18-yarder)
  • Blake Proehl caught two passes for 24 yards
    • At least one reception in 22-straight games
    • At least one reception in 27 of 29 career games
  • Xavier Smith has logged at least one tackle in 20 consecutive games — multiple tackles in 19-straight contests
  • Jake Verity scored five points on Friday
    • Now has 338 career points
    • Went 2-for-2 on PATs and 1-for-1 on FGs
    • Has attempted at least one field goal in 42 of 45 career games
  • Chris Willis picked up his first career fumble recovery in the first quarter
  • ECU is now 1-6 overall, 1-5 American on the season

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