(0-1, 0-1 American)
(1-0, 1-0 American)
12:00 PM ET, September 1, 2003
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Derick Eddington and Richard Hall each rushed for more than 100 yards as Cincinnati routed East Carolina 40-3 Monday in the season opener for both Conference USA teams.
Eddington ran for 129 yards on 11 carries and Hall added 117 on 24 attempts.
Gino Guidugli completed only 13-of-25 passes for 121 yards, but threw his 39th career touchdown pass to tie the school mark set by Danny McCoin from 1984-87.
Tedric Harwell rushed for two touchdowns for the Bearcats (1-0, 1-0 C-USA), who defeated East Carolina, 42-26, in last year's regular season finale to gain a share of the Conference USA title.
Cincinnati opened a 14-0 first-quarter lead on one-yard TD runs by Hall and Harwell.
Guidugli tied McCoin's record with a 29-yard TD strike to Dennis Hart with 23 seconds left in the second quarter that gave the Bearcats a 21-0 halftime lead.
East Carolina, playing its first game under coach John Thompson, got its only points on Cameron Broadwell's 36-yard field goal with 11:36 left in the third quarter.
The Pirates were held to 203 total yards, including just 57 on the ground.
Eddington's 23-yard TD run and Chet Ervin's 42-yard field goal gave the Bearcats a 31-3 lead heading into the final period.
The Bearcats recorded a safety in the fourth quarter before Harwell's 10-yard TD run with 1:25 remaining capped the scoring.