Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pirates Fight for Bowl Eligibility on Senior Day

It’s Senior Day as East Carolina officially completes its 2015 regular season schedule by hosting Cincinnati on Saturday for a 12 noon (ET) American Conference clash. Bowl eligibility remains at stake for the Pirates, who are just one victory away from post-season qualification for the fourth-straight year heading into the last week of play. ECU also needs a triumph over the Bearcats to avoid posting its first losing regular season slate since the 2011 campaign. Cincinnati, the owners of a 5-3 mark at the end of October, will enter the contest having dropped two of their last three contests - including a recent 65-27 divisional setback at USF last week. The Bearcats, who will be making their first visit to Greenville since 2004, are 1-4 on the road during the 2015 season.

  • Qualified for 10 bowl appearances since 2000 (three-straight, eight of the last nine years)
  • Has won 27 of the last 32 games when scoring 30 or more points
  • Has lost 17-straight games when scoring 20 or less points (19-14 vs. UCF in ‘09/last win)
  • Has won 18 of the last 20 games when gaining 200 or more rushing yards
  • Has won 27 of the last 28 games when leading at the half
  • Has won 11 of the last 14, 15 of the last 19 (and 19 of the last 24) home games
  • Has won 13 of the last 17 conference home games
  • Has never lost (5-0) when playing on Nov. 28 in program history


Record – 5-6 (.455); AAC Record/Standing – 3-4 (.429)/T4th-East Division; Last 5 Games – 2-3; Last 10 Games – 4-6; Last 15 Games – 7-8; Streaks – Overall, East Carolina will play the 76th game of the Ruffin McNeill era when the Pirates face off against Cincinnati. ECU’s contest against the Bearcats will be the Pirates’ 835th since the start of football in 1932 (429-393-12/.522).