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NO CAROLINA ST 52, EAST CAROLINA 14

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Jay Davis threw three
touchdown passes and the nation's top-ranked defense played up
to its reputation in North Carolina State's 52-14 thrashing of
East Carolina.

Davis threw two of his scoring strikes in the third quarter when
North Carolina State (5-6) outscored East Carolina 21-0 to take
a 38-7 lead.

The Wolfpack defense entered the game allowing an average of
only 229.5 yards per game and had little trouble controlling the
Pirates offense. East Carolina (2-9) managed only seven first
downs and just 140 total yards in losing its fourth straight.

Davis completed 18-of-35 passes for 227 yards and was
intercepted once. He added a three-yard TD run in the third
quarter to cap a nine-play, 82-yard drive.

East Carolina finished with 30 yards rushing on 38 carries and
Des Robinson completed 7-of-23 passes for 62 yards. He also was
intercepted twice and sacked three times.

The Pirates had won four of the last five meetings with the
Wolfpack but failed to send coach John Thompson out a winner.
Thompson, 3-20 in two seasons, announced his resignation on
November 17, effective at the end of the season.

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