GREENVILLE, N.C. -- 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.
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.
Welcome to an early Thanksgiving edition of the Big 12 Twitter mailbag, which includes plenty of playoff talk.
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Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst talks about the team's loss to Northwestern and what QB Joel Stave's legacy will be when he leaves the Badgers.
Phil Steele provides his best Week 13 college football bets, including picks on Alabama-Auburn and Ohio State-Michigan.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham explains how QB Mike Bercovici, who has produced some of the best numbers in the Pac-12, has helped the team to secure a bowl berth.