Scores

Final

East Carolina 20

(1-1, 0-1 away)

West Virginia 35

(2-0, 2-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 12, 2009

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 10 10 0 020
WVU 7 14 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: J. Brown (WVU) - 334 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: N. Devine (WVU) - 19 CAR, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Arnett (WVU) - 3 REC, 61 YDS, 2 TD

Brown's career-best 4 TDs power WVU past East Carolina

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jarrett Brown threw for a career-high 334 yards and four touchdown West Virginia paid back East Carolina with a 35-20 victory on Saturday.

Brown was at ease directing the offense in his second start since taking over for the departed Pat White. He completed nine straight passes at one point against a veteran defense and finished 24 of 31. He also ran 10 times for 73 yards.

West Virginia (2-0) sacked Patrick Pinkney four times and held East Carolina (1-1) scoreless in the second half. The Mountaineers used last year's 24-3 loss at East Carolina as motivation and improved to 13-0 all time at home against the Pirates.

East Carolina is still looking for Pinkney to return to last year's form that saw him lead the Pirates to a nine-win season that included victories over ranked teams Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Pinkney followed up a poor performance against Appalachian State by going 16 of 39 for 175 yards with one TD toss and an interception. East Carolina was limited to 237 yards of offense.

Brown capped his day by hitting freshman Tavon Austin with a 58-yard TD toss early in the third quarter to put West Virginia ahead 28-20. East Carolina had a chance to close the gap in the fourth but turned the ball over on downs at the West Virginia 25.

Noel Devine led West Virginia with 80 yards rushing, including a 4-yard TD run midway through the fourth that capped the scoring. Jock Sanders had nine catches for 99 yards.

All of East Carolina's points came with help from West Virginia mistakes. The Mountaineers committed five penalties on their first two possessions, giving the Pirates great field position early, and Sanders and teammate Brandon Hogan mishandled second-quarter punts.

East Carolina's first-half scoring drives: 31, 26, 0 and 18 yards.

Without the help, East Carolina struggled. Pinkney threw passes behind his receivers and took little advantage of a West Virginia defense that lost linemen Julian Miller and Scooter Berry and linebacker Reed Williams with first-half injuries.

Pinkney threw six straight incompletions at one point, while Brown was sharp. Alric Arnett caught first-half scoring tosses of 46 and 11 yards from Brown and the Mountaineers led 21-20 at halftime.

Brown wasn't flawless, but his mistakes weren't costly. He threw a third-quarter interception deep in East Carolina territory and he fumbled the ball away at the ECU 19 early in the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
WVU
1st Downs1325
Total Yards237509
Passing175334
Rushing62175
Penalties8-6411-104
3rd Down Conversions6-177-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers14
Possession27:1032:50

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pinkney16/391754.511
West VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown24/3133410.841

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson10373.708
Lindsay8283.519
West VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Devine19804.2131
Brown10737.3022

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant5418.2118
Harris4358.8022
West VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders99911.0028
Starks57615.2055

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUWVU
FG09:52Ben Hartman 37 Yd 30
TD02:53Dominique Lindsay 2 Yd Run (Ben Hartman Kick) 100
TD00:08Alric Arnett 46 Yd Pass From Jarrett Brown (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 107
SECOND QUARTERECUWVU
TD06:27Will Johnson 4 Yd Pass From Jarrett Brown (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 1014
FG04:20Ben Hartman 23 Yd 1314
TD02:12Alric Arnett 11 Yd Pass From Jarrett Brown (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 1321
TD00:11Jamar Bryant 4 Yd Pass From Patrick Pinkney (Ben Hartman Kick) 2021
THIRD QUARTERECUWVU
TD12:19Tavon Austin 58 Yd Pass From Jarrett Brown (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 2028
FOURTH QUARTERECUWVU
TD08:18Noel Devine 4 Yd Run (Tyler Bitancurt Kick) 2035