Appalachian State at East Carolina

East Carolina 35, Appalachian St. 13


GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - East Carolina recorded 390 total yards and forced three turnovers as the Pirates defeated Appalachian State 35-13 at home Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Rio Johnson threw for 242 yards and Michael Dobson added 78 yards rushing for the Pirates, who have won 32 of their last 37 games when scoring 30 or more points.

Appalachian State cut the deficit to 14-13 with 2:35 left in the third quarter. However, East Carolina's Lance Ray returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Johnson threw for a TD and ran for another in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The Pirates defense, led by Jeremy Grove, held the Mountaineers to just 4 of 15 on third down conversions. Grove finished with nine tackles and forced two fumbles.

Jamal Jackson led Appalachian State with 300 yards passing but his lone interception ended the Mountaineers' rally attempt.

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Scoring Summary
APLSTJamal Jackson 4 yd run (Drew Stewart kick)
ECUChip Thompson 45 yd fumble return (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUAndrew Bodenheimer 11 yd pass from Rio Johnson (Warren Harvey kick)
APLSTDrew Stewart 26 yd FG
APLSTDrew Stewart 41 yd FG
ECULance Ray 90 yd kick return (Warren Harvey kick)
ECUJustin Hardy 4 yd pass from Rio Johnson (Warren Harvey kick)
ECURio Johnson 6 yd run (Warren Harvey kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2025
Third Down Efficiency4-159-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-0
Plays-Net Yards72-41978-390
Passing Yds300242
Kick Return Yds9690
Punt Return Yds1143
Time of Poss.26:4233:18
Individual Stats
APLST: Steven Miller 14-47, Rod Chisholm 9-37, Jamal Jackson 7-34, Ricky Fergerson 2-1
ECU: Michael Dobson 19-78, Reggie Bullock 8-31, Hunter Furr 2-16, Rio Johnson 2-12, Shane Carden 1-8, Vintavious Cooper 3-3
APLST: Jamal Jackson 23-40-300-1
ECU: Rio Johnson 28-43-242-1
APLST: Tony Washington 7-102, Andrew Peacock 5-77, Malachi Jones 5-69, Simms McElfresh 2-21, Drew Bailey 1-11, Tacoi Sumler 1-9, Steven Miller 1-7, Ricky Fergerson 1-4
ECU: Reese Wiggins 6-45, Justin Hardy 6-38, Michael Dobson 4-35, Reggie Bullock 4-3, Justin Jones 2-45, Vintavious Cooper 2-40, Andrew Bodenheimer 2-14, Zico Pasut 1-12, Derrick Harris 1-10
Appalachian State1st Sun Belt 7-110-3
East Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9

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