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East Carolina 34, Central Florida 13

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Holton Ahlers ran for a score and threw a touchdown pass in the second quarter as East Carolina jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a 34-13 victory over UCF.

Freshman Andrew Conrad's 28-yard first-quarter field goal and Ahlers' 3-yard touchdown run gave East Carolina (5-3, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) a 10-0 lead midway through the second period.

Ahlers connected with C.J. Johnson for a 39-yard touchdown and a 17-0 advantage before freshman Colton Boomer kicked a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the half to get UCF (5-2, 2-1) on the scoreboard.

The Knights pulled within 17-10 on their first possession of the second half when Isaiah Bowser scored on a 3-yard run at the end of a 10-play, 74-yard drive. But Keaton Mitchell answered with a 6-yard touchdown run, Conrad added a fourth-quarter field goal and Mitchell capped the scoring with a 37-yard run to preserve the win for the Pirates.

Ahlers completed 30 of 36 passes for 311 yards for East Carolina. Johnson hauled in 11 passes for 140 yards. Mitchell finished with 105 yards on 16 carries.

John Rhys Plumlee totaled 296 yards on 25-of-37 passing with three interceptions for UCF.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UCFECU
ECU FG 2:00 Andrew Conrad 28 yd FG 0 3
Second Quarter UCFECU
ECU TD 7:46 Holton Ahlers 3 yd run (Andrew Conrad kick) 0 10
ECU TD 0:49 C.J. Johnson 39 yd pass from Holton Ahlers (Andrew Conrad kick) 0 17
UCF FG 0:00 Colton Boomer 27 yd FG 3 17
Third Quarter UCFECU
UCF TD 10:28 Isaiah Bowser 3 yd run (Colton Boomer kick) 10 17
ECU TD 6:23 Keaton Mitchell 6 yd run (Andrew Conrad kick) 10 24
Fourth Quarter UCFECU
ECU FG 12:51 Andrew Conrad 26 yd FG 10 27
UCF FG 3:36 Colton Boomer 36 yd FG 13 27
ECU TD 3:21 Keaton Mitchell 37 yd run (Andrew Conrad kick) 13 34
Team Stats
  UCF East Carolina
First downs 23 24
  Rushing 9 10
  Passing 14 12
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-12, 50% 9-14, 64%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 32-130 33-147
Passing Yards 296 311
Return Yards 95 18
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-37-3 30-36-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--27 1--7
Punts 2 1
Punts-Average 43 41
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-28 3-20
Time of Possession 24:49 35:11
UCF Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Plumlee 25 37 296 0 3
East Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Ahlers 30 36 311 1 0
UCF Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Bowser 11 63 5.7 1
J. Plumlee 14 38 2.7 0
R. Harvey 6 32 5.3 0
J. Richardson 1 -3 -3.0 0
East Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Mitchell 16 105 6.6 2
M. Gunn Jr. 11 36 3.3 0
H. Ahlers 5 6 1.2 1
UCF Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Hudson 5 85 17.0 0
R. Harvey 7 77 11.0 0
A. Holler 3 56 18.7 0
R. O'Keefe 4 28 7.0 0
I. Bowser 2 15 7.5 0
X. Townsend 1 11 11.0 0
J. Baker 1 8 8.0 0
S. Martin 1 8 8.0 0
J. Richardson 1 8 8.0 0
East Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Johnson 11 140 12.7 1
I. Winstead 7 89 12.7 0
R. Jones 4 40 10.0 0
T. Savage 1 24 24.0 0
K. Mitchell 3 9 3.0 0
J. Hatfield 2 8 4.0 0
M. Gunn Jr. 2 1 .5 0
UCF Interceptions
Player Int Yards
East Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
G. Stringer 1 10
M. Fleming 1 4
J. Wilson 1 3
UCF Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. McCarthy 2 86 43.0
East Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Larsen 1 41 41.0
UCF Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
East Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Fleming 1 1 1.0
UCF Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. O'Keefe 4 68 17.0
I. Bowser 2 27 13.5
East Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Jones 1 0 0
UCF Missed FG
Player Length
East Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
A. Conrad 25




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