Appalachian State (3-5, 2-2 Sun Belt)
No. 24 Duke (7-1, 3-1 ACC)
Anthony Boone did very well: 23 for 31 (74.2 percent) for 266 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. He also rushed for 47 yards on seven carries, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the first overtime. Only three of Boone’s throws could be classified as “inaccurate,” and two came on fade routes to Johnell Barnes in the corner of the end zone when the timing wasn’t quite right.
Wide receiver Jamison Crowder had his best game of the year: nine receptions, 165 yards and two touchdowns. He beat freshman cornerback Avonte Maddox like a drum in the first half with five catches (on five targets) for 111 yards and two touchdowns of 39 and 45 yards. Pitt switched redshirt junior Lafayette Pitts on Crowder in the second half.
East Carolina (6-2, 3-1 AAC)
Led by inside linebacker Brandon Williams (eight tackles) and nose tackle Terry Williams (5 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss), East Carolina forced the Owls to punt on nine of their 11 possessions, holding them to 4 of 14 on third downs.
After running back Breon Allen fumbled twice on the Pirates’ first two possessions, Chris Hairston proved to be a viable second option. Hairston, who also lost a fumble, outgained Temple’s entire offense, rushing 21 times for a career-high 153 yards.
With the offense showing little life, the punting of Worth Gregory took on added importance and he delivered. The Alabama transfer from Fort Mill, S.C., averaged 41.3 yards on three punts, pinning all three inside the 20-yard line.
A combination of cold, rainy weather and an opportunistic Owls defense led to seven ECU fumbles, as many as it had in its first seven games.
The Pirates offense that ranked 13th in the FBS with 39.6 points per game was nowhere to be found. When ECU wasn’t fumbling the ball away, it was plagued by incomplete passes and penalties. Record-breaking quarterback Shane Carden struggled mightily in the inclement conditions, completing 24 of his 41 attempts for 217 yards. It was only the third time in his career that he had not thrown a TD pass.
For the fourth time in eight games, ECU racked up more than 100 penalty yards, committing 12 infractions for 120 yards.
North Carolina (4-5, 2-3 ACC)
N.C. State (5-4, 1-4 ACC)