Beat Johnson C. Smith 56-0
defeated South Carolina State 73-7
Beat Troy 34-17
East Carolina (1-1)
Lost to South Carolina 33-23
The Pirates scored on their first two possessions to take a 6-0 lead and were up 13-7 early in the second quarter before the Gamecocks responded with a 13-0 run.
Playing in the home of a Power Five opponent, ECU held statistical advantages in total offense (453-441), passing yards (321-266) and first downs (27-26). However, USC held the edge in points off turnovers (10-3), which proved to be the difference.
Senior wide receiver Justin Hardy’s domination of defenses continued. Despite being the clear No. 1 option in the passing game, Hardy tallied game-highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (133). In three career contests versus South Carolina, he has 30 catches for 345 yards.
The Pirates marched down to the USC 8-yard line on their first drive but were forced to settle for a Warren Harvey field goal. ECU advanced to the 18 on its second series, and once again was only able to hang three on the board, which is something that just can’t happen against a quality opponent.
The normally stellar Shane Carden stumbled in the third quarter, throwing two interceptions that led to 10 points as the Gamecocks pushed their lead to 30-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
Carden, who finished with 321 passing yards, did guide his unit on an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive early in the fourth to cut the deficit to 30-23, but the damage was already done.
North Carolina (2-0)
Beat San Diego State 31-27
N.C. State (2-0)
beat Old Dominion, 46-34
Not to be outdone, quarterback Jacoby Brissett added 45 yards on the ground on seven carries and threw for 253 yards without an interception.
The Wolfpack did not help ODU with turnovers (none) or penalties (one for 5 yards).
N.C. State receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught two passes for 51 yards, plus a two-point conversion, but dropped a touchdown pass in the first half and a total of three.
Senior kicker Nik Sade, the team’s best player last season, missed a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter. Sade missed two longer field goals in the opener last week.
defeated East Carolina 33-23
Wake Forest (1-1)
Beat Gardner-Webb 23-7