ECU football

Junior quarterback Holton Alhers takes the snap during the East Carolina vs South Carolina game on Sept. 11.

East Carolina University football (1-2-0, 0-0-0 American Athletic Conference) will host its second home game of the season as Charleston Southern University (1-1-0, 0-1-0 Big South Conference) travels to the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. 

The Pirates look to achieve their first home win of the season as the team fell to the University of South Carolina (2-1-0, 0-0-0 Southeastern Conference) 17-20 in the first home game of the season on Sept. 11. On Sept. 18 the Pirates were able to come back in the fourth quarter to beat Marshall University (2-1-0, 0-0-0 Conference USA) 42-38. Within the last minute of the game, freshman running back Rahjai Harris made a one-yard touchdown to achieve the first season win. 

"We knew we were going to have to score," junior quarterback Holton Ahlers said. "It was good to get back to that. The last couple of weeks have not been what we wanted, but this week we came out here and put a good performance together."

For the Buccaneers, they last won on Sept. 11 38-21 versus The Citadel (1-2-0, 0-0-0 Southern Conference). In the team's latest game on Sept. 18, it hosted two-time defending Big South champions Monmouth University (2-1-0, 1-0-0 Big South) for the season's first conference game. After being kept scoreless in the first and fourth quarter, the Bucs fell to the Shadows 14-41 in the end.

While other ECU sports have played the Bucs in the past, this will be the first time these two schools' football teams will match up. According to ESPN, the Pirates are the favored team to win by 97.2% based on past statistics of the season. 

After last week's game, Ahlers ended with 30 completions out of 48 and he threw for 368 yards which also included two touchdowns. With that performance, he made it to the weekly list of Manning Ward Stars of the Week, he made it onto the AAC Honor Roll list and the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award Great 8. 

"For all the hate and all the negativity and everything he took this past week, I would hope that he shut all of them the hell up," head coach Mike Houston said. "He had a heck of a night. I said it last week in my news conference; he's our quarterback. There's a competition everywhere, but we're going to put the guys on the field that give us the best chance to win, and he gives us the best chance to win, and he played like it tonight."

In the Bucs’ last game, redshirt senior quarterback Jack Chambers was responsible for both the team's touchdowns in the 41-14 game. As a quarterback, he threw for 22 yards and didn’t throw an interception, but he also didn’t throw a touchdown in the bout. With three minutes left in the second quarter Chambers managed to run in an 8-yard touchdown. In the third quarter, he scored again with a 20-yard dash to end the Bucs scoring for the game. 

Another key player from the ECU Marshall game was freshman running back Keaton Mitchell. He achieved his career-high of 135 yards in 13 carries. In the first half of the game, he was able to get in an 88-yard touchdown run. On top of that, freshman tight end Shane Calhoun also made a team-high of eight receptions and 114 yards and one touchdown as well despite not having a catch in the last two games. 

The ECU versus CSU game will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN+. 107.9 WNCT-FM will also broadcast the game for listeners. The game will take place during family weekend at ECU and will be the teams Paint it Gold game, according to ECUPirates. In the past, this game has meant the team will wear gold pants instead of the usual black or white.

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