GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Quite the atmosphere in Greenville. And the football game lived up to the hype.
For the sixth and final lead-change of the game, East Carolina re-took the lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Anthony Scott late in the 4th quarter.
Pirates took a 33-30 lead and held on to win by that score.
It marks the third straight win for the Pirates over NC State.
East Carolina has now also won 8 of the last 12 match-ups with the Wolfpack.
In a back-and-forth showdown, North Carolina State recaptured the lead on a Ryan Finley 15-yard touchdown run.
The Wolfpack led 30-26 early in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates retook the lead midway through the 3rd quarter with a James Summers 15-yard touchdown run.
The Woflpack carried a 20-19 lead into halftime at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Philip Nelson connected with Anthony Scott for a 25-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter to give the Pirates a 19-13 lead.
Just minutes later, the Pack answered with an 80-yard touchdown strike from Ryan Finley to Stephen Louis.
Davis Plowman missed two field goal attempts just before halftime.
After East Carolina jumped out to 12-0 lead, NC State answered with 13 straight points to take a 13-12 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Wolfpack (1-0) scored two second quarter touchdowns on the legs of Reggie Gallaspy II (37-yd run) and Jaylen Samuels (5-yd run).
East Carolina (1-0) scored first on two Davis Plowman field goals and a 27-yard touchdown run by James Summers.
The East Carolina Pirates host in-state rival NC State on Saturday at 12pm at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Both the Wolfpack (1-0) and Pirates (1-0) are looking for their second wins of the season.
In terms of the series rivalry, NC State leads 16-12 all-time, however, the Pirates have won 7 of the last 11 matchups.
In fact, East Carolina has beaten the last five ACC opponents it’s faced.
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