Scores

Final

Appalachian St 24

(0-1, 0-1 away)

East Carolina 29

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC

1 2 3 4 T
APP 0 7 0 1724
ECU 17 10 2 029

Top Performers

Passing: P. Pinkney (ECU) - 131 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Lindsay (ECU) - 15 CAR, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Willis (ECU) - 1 REC, 27 YDS, 1 TD

East Carolina 29, Appalachian St. 24

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Brandon Jackson and Dominique Lindsay each had first-half touchdown runs to help East Carolina build a big lead and then hold off a late rally from Appalachian State to win 29-24 on Saturday.

Jackson sat out last year after transferring from Kentucky, but scored on a 39-yard run on his first carry for a 7-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the game. Lindsay later scored on a 21-yard run to give the Pirates a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter.

But the Mountaineers suddenly came alive in the third quarter behind reserve quarterback Travaris Cadet, who directed three second-half scoring drives and got the ball back with 1:28 left and a chance for the win. But Cadet took a costly sack after Appalachian State had driven near midfield, and his fourth-down pass fell incomplete to seal the Pirates' win with 16 seconds left.

Edwards, named the top player in FCS last year, is still recovering from a foot injury sustained in a lawnmower accident at his off-campus residence last month. He watched from the sideline as sophomore DeAndre Presley got the start, then gave way to Cadet after it seemed the Pirates were on their way to an easy win.

For the Pirates, it had to be a frustrating way to win their third season opener in five tries under Skip Holtz. They looked downright dominant in the first half, showing off a deep backfield that helped the Pirates to 189 yards rushing on the day while the defense seemed to overpower the Mountaineers.

The Pirates scored on their first three drives and led 24-0 before the Mountaineers even managed a first down.

Jackson, who sat out last year after transferring from Kentucky, scored on a 39-yard sprint on his first carry for the 7-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the game. Lindsay later skipped through the line for a 21-yard touchdown to make it 24-0 on the way to 105 yards rushing on the day.

But quarterback Patrick Pinkney wasn't sharp, throwing for just 131 yards and two interceptions. And, eventually, the Mountaineers finally started getting some stops to give their offense a chance to build some needed momentum. Devon Moore scored from a yard out early in the fourth, then Cadet capped a drive with a short touchdown run that made it 29-21 with 8:41 to play.

Jason Vitaris added a 43-yard field goal with 3:24 left, then Appalachian State forced a three-and-out on East Carolina's next possession to set up the frantic final drive.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
APP
ECU
1st Downs1818
Total Yards246320
Passing144131
Rushing102189
Penalties6-629-109
3rd Down Conversions6-176-14
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers12
Possession33:3926:21

Passing Leaders

Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Presley7/15895.901
East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pinkney12/271314.912

Rushing Leaders

Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moore17372.2113
Cadet15352.3110
East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lindsay151057.0141
Jackson5469.2139

Receiving Leaders

Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quick34715.7031
Moore44110.3021
East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris4379.3023
Bryant22914.5016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAPPECU
TD13:19Brandon Jackson 39 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 07
FG10:05Ben Hartman 26 Yd 010
TD04:31Reyn Willis 27 Yd Pass From Patrick Pinkney (Ben Ryan Kick) 017
SECOND QUARTERAPPECU
TD13:21Dominique Lindsay 21 Yd Run (Ben Ryan Kick) 024
TD08:12DeAndre Presley 3 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 724
FG00:57Ben Hartman 25 Yd 727
THIRD QUARTERAPPECU
SF07:29Ball Through End Zone 729
FOURTH QUARTERAPPECU
TD13:47Devon Moore 1 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 1429
TD08:41Travaris Cadet 1 Yd Run (Jason Vitaris Kick) 2129
FG03:24Jason Vitaris 43 Yd 2429