Sept. 5, 2010
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• Senior wide receiver Dwayne Harris tallied 174 all-purpose yards, bringing his total to 929 in the past five games dating to 2009 - an average of 185.8 yards per contest. He has also added eight touchdowns during that span.
• Harris hauled in seven passes for 121 yards, giving him at least one reception in 32-straight games, the second-longest streak at the FBS level, trailing only Colorado's Scotty McKnight (38). Harris also has two or more catches in 25 consecutive contests.
• Junior transfer Dominique Davis made his first career ECU start at quarterback. Joining Davis as first-time offensive starters were Lance Lewis (OW), Michael Bowman (IR), Dalton Faulds (C) and Grant Harner (RT).
• First-time starters on defense for the Pirates were Matt Milner (DE), Robert Jones (NT), Marke Powell (DE), Wes Pittman (SLB) and Bradley Jacobs (SS).
• Dominique Davis' 24 rushing yards in the first quarter were more than an ECU quarterback had for an entire game since Patrick Pinkney picked up 33 at Tulsa, Nov. 15, 2009.
• Dominique Davis passed for five scores and rushed for another, becoming the first ECU player to account for four or more touchdowns since Brandon Simmons scored four (three rush, 1 rec.) against UTEP Nov. 28, 2008.
o Davis also became the first ECU quarterback to pass for five or more touchdowns since Jeff Blake
against Southern Miss Nov. 9, 1991, a span of 219 games.
• Freshman Justin Jones (five yards) and junior transfer Lewis (six yards) made first-quarter receptions for the first of their ECU careers.
• The game-winning touchdown was Jones was the first score of his career.
• Lewis and Harris each had two receiving touchdowns. Harris was the last Pirate to have a pair of receiving scores as he picked up two against UAB Nov. 21, 2009.
• Senior running back Jonathan Williams' first-quarter 37-yard touchdown was his first rushing score since Oct. 18, 2008, against Memphis - also at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
• The 37-yard rush by Williams was ECU's longest carry since Dominique Lindsay broke off a 38-yard run at Tulsa Nov. 15, 2009. The Pirates had only one touchdown rush, and three carries total, of more than 35 yards in 2009, a 39-yard score by Brandon Jackson in the season-opener against Appalachian State.
• Junior transfer Michael Barbour's 38-yard first-quarter field goal was the first of his career and snapped East Carolina's streak of three consecutive missed FGs.
• The blocked field goal by Marke Powell in the second quarter was the first of his career.
• With senior cornerback Travis Simmons' third-quarter interception, he has totaled 13 tackles, a 40-yard fumble return, 72-yard interception return for a touchdown and another interception in three career games against Tulsa.
• Junior cornerback Emanuel Davis collected five tackles, bringing his average over the past eight games to 7.1 stops per contest.
• Senior defensive lineman Josh Smith and senior linebacker Melvin Patterson set career highs with nine tackles each. Smith's previous high was five while Patterson's was eight.
• Senior linebacker Wes Pittman forced Damaris Johnson's fumble in the first quarter. It was Pittman's first forced fumble of his career. Emanuel Davis recovered the fumble for his first since Sept. 26, 2009, against UCF, making it consecutive Conference USA openers in which he has recovered a loose ball.
• After suffering an injury that sidelined him for all of last season, sophomore defensive lineman Robert Jones returned to the field for the first time since the 2009 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Kentucky. Jones, who started the contest and made six tackles today, recorded four stops and played in nine games as a true freshman in 2008.
• Harris, already the ECU career receptions leader with 174, netted 121 yards today to set the record for career receiving yards with 1,999. Harris passed Troy Smith's 1,982 reception yards from 1995-98.
• Harris' 174 all-purpose yards today moved him past Jarrett Dillard (4,171 yards/Rice/2007-09) and Donnie Avery (4,213/Houston/2004-07) and into 13th on the Conference USA all-time list. Harris now has 4,266 all-purpose yards in his career.
WITH THE WIN
• With the win, ECU has ...
o Won seven-straight games against Conference USA opponents
o Won five of the past six, seven of the past nine and nine of the past 12 games
o Won 12 of the past 13 (and 15 of 17) games against C-USA members
o Won nine-straight (and 12 of 13) home contests against C-USA members
o Won 10 of its past 12 games against C-USA West Division members
o Won five of its past six home games against C-USA West Division members
• The victory puts the Pirates at 1-0 to begin Conference USA play for the third-straight season after defeating UCF in 2009 and Tulane in 2008.
• The win gives East Carolina three-straight over Tulsa and a 6-4 edge in the all-time series. The Pirates have recorded 13 turnovers and outscored the Golden Hurricane 120-90 during the past three wins.
• It was the first victory for a home team in the series since the Golden Hurricane claimed a 45-13 triumph in Tulsa Nov. 12, 2005.
• Ten ECU players started the first game of their careers. During the entire 2009 season, only eight Pirates made their first career starts.
• It was only the second time since joining C-USA that the Pirates opened the season with a league game. The previous contest was a 40-3 setback at Cincinnati Sept. 1, 2003.
• The Pirates won their season opener for the third-straight season. The last opening loss was a 17-7 defeat at Virginia Tech Sept. 1, 2007.
• First-year head coach Ruffin McNeill won his initial game on the sidelines with ECU, making him the second-straight coach to do so. Skip Holtz defeated Duke 24-21 in his initial contest. In all-time first games, Pirate head coaches are now 9-11.
• With Dominique Davis starting at quarterback, East Carolina was one of three Conference USA squads to go with a new signal caller, joining Memphis (Cannon Smith) and UAB (Davis Isabelle).
• Entering today's game, the Pirates' four starting receivers had combined to catch exactly 200 career passes with senior Dwayne Harris making 167 of those receptions.
• The second-quarter block of Tulsa's field goal gives the Pirates four blocks in their past three home games. East Carolina knocked down a point-after attempt against Houston, a point-after attempt against Southern Miss and a field goal against the Golden Eagles.
o The Pirates have won 15 of 17 games in which they have recorded a blocked kick or punt during the past
• Lincoln Riley, who turned 27 today, debuted as offensive coordinator. He is the youngest coordinator at the FBS level this season. Paul Nichols, the University of Toledo's co-defensive coordinator, is the second youngest at 29.
• The 49 Tulsa points were the most allowed by ECU since Nov. 27, 2004 against N.C. State (52), a span of 66 games.
• With its 538 yards of total offense, the Pirates have passed the 400-yard threshold in three of the past four games.
• Today's game featured two of the three winningest teams in C-USA since 2007. The Pirates, Golden Hurricane and Houston have all racked up 26 wins over the past three seasons. With the ECU win, the Pirates and Cougars remain tied for the top with 27 victories as UH defeated Texas State Saturday night.
• The Pirates also have the most wins against C-USA foes since 2007, picking up their 20th in the past three seasons with today's victory. Houston is second with 18 wins during that span.
• The 37-yard first-quarter touchdown rush by Jonathan Williams was ECU's longest carry since Dominique Lindsay broke off a 38-yard run at Tulsa Nov. 15, 2009. The Pirates only had one touchdown rush, and three carries total, of more than 35 yards in 2009. The longest TD rush was a 39-yard score by Brandon Jackson in the season-opener against Appalachian State.
• Tulsa attempted a two-point conversion after scoring their second, third and fourth-quarter touchdowns and did not convert any. In the past four games, an opponent has failed to convert a PAT seven times (two kicks blocked, two kicks failed and three failed two-point conversions).
• Quarterback Dominique Davis threw 30-yard and 43-yard touchdowns to Lance Lewis, a 34-yard TD strike to Harris and a 33-yard scoring toss to Justin Jones. In all of 2009, the Pirates had four scoring passes of more than 30 yards.
• The offensive line, led by seniors Cory Dowless, D.J. Scott and Willie Smith, surrendered only one sack. A year ago, the unit ranked sixth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game at 0.86.
• Tulsa's first-quarter rushing touchdown by Alex Singleton was the first ground score given up by the Pirates since Southern Miss' Tory Harrison ran for a 41-yard TD Nov. 28, 2009. It was also the first rushing touchdown scored against ECU in the first quarter since Oct. 3, 2009, at Marshall, a span of nine games.
• With Justin Dixon's sack in the first quarter, ECU has recorded at least one sack in 12 of the past 15 games.
• The Pirates converted one of their two forced turnovers into touchdowns. In six games since 2009, ECU has forced 14 turnovers and converted them into 10 scores with six touchdowns. East Carolina has forced at least one turnover in 31 consecutive games. East Carolina stood seventh nationally with 33 forced turnovers in 2008 and ranked fifth among all FBS programs with 34 in 2009.
• With Travis Simmons' third-quarter interception, the Pirates have picked off at least one pass in 20 of the past 26 games.
• With its first-quarter touchdown, ECU extends its streak to 156 games without suffering a shutout - a new school record (17 points at Rice in '06 surpassed the previous mark of 110 set from 1971 to 1981).
• Team Captains: Offense: Dwayne Harris; Defense: Melvin Patterson, Josh Smith; Special Teams: Dekota marshall
• Attendance: 50,010, the second-largest crowd in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium history
• Up Next: East Carolina returns to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Saturday for another Conference USA game, hosting Memphis (0-1) in a matchup of first-year coaches as Larry Porter is on the sidelines for the Tigers. A year ago, the Pirates defeated the Tigers 38-19 in Memphis behind two rushing touchdowns and a passing score from Patrick Pinkney.