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East Carolina will close out its 2019 regular season road schedule when it travels to Connecticut on Saturday for a 12 noon (ET) American Athletic Conference matchup against the Huskies at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. After enjoying a bye week, the Pirates will try to post their fourth-straight win over UConn while also wrapping up a two-game road swing that began Nov. 9 with a 59-51 setback at No. 23 SMU. ECU will attempt to capture multiple road wins in the same season for the first time since 2015, which also marks the year of the Pirates' first-ever trip to Connecticut.
ECU RECORDS AND STREAKS
- Qualified for 10 bowl appearances since 2000 (eight in the last 13 years) ...
- Has thrown at least one TD pass in seven-straight games (and in 14 of the last 17 contests) ...
- Has averaged 47.0 points, 641.0 yards of total offense (516.5 passing) in its last two games ...
- Has scored in 11-straight redzone visits (5 TDs, 6 FGs) during its last three games ...
- Has successfully converted 12-straight field goal attempts in its last five games ...
- Has forced at least one turnover in nine-straight games (most since 2013) ...
- Has won 37 of its last 41 games when leading at the half ...
- Has won three-straight games against Connecticut ...
East Carolina leads 4-1 in a series which only dates back to the Pirates' membership in The American (2014).
MIKE HOUSTON AGAINST THE HUSKIES
Including Mike Houston
's prior eight-year tenure as a collegiate head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, The Citadel and James Madison, Saturday's game will mark his first-ever meeting against Connecticut.
RANDY EDSALL AGAINST THE PIRATES
While Saturday's contest will be Randy Edsall's third against East Carolina as a head coach (2017, 2018), he also faced the Pirates twice as an assistant ... As defensive backs coach at Syracuse, his Orange took a pair of games against ECU with 38-14 and 18-16 victories in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
AN ASSOCIATION OF HUSKIES AND PIRATES
East Carolina and Connecticut each feature Skip Holtz on its all-time head coach roster page ... Holtz was 34-23 (.596) while guiding the Huskies for five seasons (1994-98) and later led the Pirates to a 38-27 (.585) mark, two Conference USA titles and an unprecedented run of four-straight bowl appearances from 2005 to 2009 before moving on to USF, and ultimately, Louisiana Tech ... In addition to Holtz, four other former ECU staffers have prior associations with UConn.
BYE WEEK BOUNCE BACK?
The Pirates haven't taken full advantage of bye weeks when looking at a 10-year perspective - winning only seven of their last 14 contests (and dropping fi ve in a row) following an open week since 2009 ... A closer look: 2009 (no true off -week), 2010 (L/UNC), 2011 (W/UAB), 2012 (W/TLN), 2013 (W/UNC, W/FIU), 2014 (W/ SMU, W/UConn, L/CIN), 2015 (W/UCF), 2016 (L/CIN), 2017 (L/UH), 2018 (L/USF, L/MEM) and 2019 (L/UCF) ... Since 1965, East Carolina is 30-24 in games after a break.
THE AMERICAN - YEAR SIX
East Carolina has posted an 82-73 (.529) all-time mark against current members of the American Conference ... The Pirates currently sport series records against Memphis (15-8), Cincinnati (13-10), Tulane (11-5), UCF (10-8), Tulsa (8-6), Temple (8-9), Houston (7-7), Connecticut (4-1), SMU (4-4), Navy (1-6) and USF (1-9).
THE EAST HAS BEEN A BEAST
East Carolina is 5-19 (3-10/home, 2-9/road) against American Athletic Conference opponents in its own East Division since the league began divisional play in 2015 ... A 44-7 win against UCF in 2015, a trio of victories vs. Connecticut (2016, 2017, 2018) and a triumph against Cincinnati in 2017 represents the only quintet of triumphs ... On the flipside, the Pirates own a 2-12 mark (1-5/home, 1-7/road) against AAC opponents in the West Division.
2019 East Opponents:
Temple/L 27-17, @UCF/L 41-28, USF/L 45-20, Cincinnati/L 46-43, @UConn (Nov. 23)
2019 West Opponents:
@Navy/L 42-10, @SMU/L 59-51, Tulsa (Nov. 30)
LEAGUE, NON-LEAGUE STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
The Pirates have averaged 28.2 points, 117.2 rushing yards, 322.5 passing yards and 439.7 total yards in their six (Navy, Temple, UCF, USF, Cincinnati, SMU) American Athletic Conference games of the 2019 season ... By comparison, ECU averaged 24.3 points, 195.8 rushing yards, 212.2 passing yards and 408.0 total yards per game in its four regular season non-conference contests this year ... The Pirates followed a 2-2 non-league ledger in 2018 with a 3-1 mark this fall and hope to improve their AAC record to 1-6 when they square off against UConn.
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