Scores

Final

Appalachian St 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

East Carolina 35

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 1, 2012

Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, GREENVILLE, NC

1 2 3 4 T
APP 7 3 3 013
ECU 0 14 7 1435

Top Performers

Passing: R. Johnson (ECU) - 242 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Dobson (ECU) - 19 CAR, 78 YDS

Receiving: T. Washington (APP) - 7 REC, 102 YDS

East Carolina 35, Appalachian St. 13

Associated Press

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.

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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Team Stat Comparison

 
APP
ECU
1st Downs2025
Total Yards419390
Passing300242
Rushing119148
Penalties11-1002-25
3rd Down Conversions4-159-16
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers32
Possession26:4233:18

Passing Leaders

Appalachian StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jackson23/403007.501
East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson28/432425.621

Rushing Leaders

Appalachian StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Miller14473.409
Chisholm9374.1010
East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dobson19784.1015
Bullock8313.9014

Receiving Leaders

Appalachian StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Washington710214.6037
Peacock57715.4019
East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wiggins6457.5025
Jones24522.5032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAPPECU
TD08:31Jamal Jackson 4 Yd Run (Drew Stewart Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERAPPECU
TD13:26Chip Thompson 45 Yd Fumble Return (Warren Harvey Kick) 77
TD07:59Andrew Bodenheimer 11 Yd Pass From Rio Johnson (Warren Harvey Kick) 714
FG00:00Drew Stewart 26 Yd 1014
THIRD QUARTERAPPECU
FG02:35Drew Stewart 41 Yd 1314
TD02:19Lance Ray 90 Yd Kickoff Return (Warren Harvey Kick) 1321
FOURTH QUARTERAPPECU
TD14:19Justin Hardy 4 Yd Pass From Rio Johnson (Warren Harvey Kick) 1328
TD08:28Rio Johnson 6 Yd Run (Warren Harvey Kick) 1335