Saturday, September 5, 2009

Live blog: Appalachian State at East Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. East Carolina finally found a way to stop third-team Appalachian State quarterback Travaris Cadet and held on to win 29-24 on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Defensive end Scotty Robinson sacked Cadet on second down, and Cadet threw too high for Coco Hillary at the East Carolina 40-yard line on fourth down with 16 seconds remaining.

The Pirates led 29-7 early in the fourth quarter before Cadet came off the sideline to lead Appalachian State to 17 straight points.

Jason Vitaris kicked a 43-yard field goal for Appalachian State, cutting East Carolina's lead to 29-24 with 3:24 remaining.


Cortez Gilbert's interception of Patrick Pinkney has given Appalachian State the ball at midfield trailing East Carolina 29-21 with 6:34 remaining.

The Pirates had led 29-7 early in the fourth quarter.


Incredibly, Appalachian State is within one score after trailing by 22 points early in the fourth quarter at East Carolina even without Armanti Edwards.

Sophomore third-team quarterback Travaris Cadet has led the Mountaineers to two straight touchdown drives to cut the deficit to 29-21 with 8:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Cadet's 1-yard scoring run capped a 62-yard drive.


Travaris Cadet, a sophomore from Miami who's Appalachian State's third-team quarterback, gave the Mountaineers a lift on his first drive.

Cadet engineered a 12-play, 55-yard drive that included a 4-yard pass on fourth-and-1. Devon Moore capped the drive with a 2-yard scoring run, and Appalachian State trailed East Carolina 29-14 with 13:47 remaining in the third quarter.


It's never a good sign when your punter is kicking the ball backward, away from the line of scrimmage.

That's all Appalachian State's Sam Martin could do after he couldn't secure a high snap in the end zone midway through the third quarter. Martin booted the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety that stretched East Carolina's lead to 29-7.

It was the Pirates' first safety since 2002, a span of 78 games.


For a moment, it appeared that Appalachian State was going to make a game of it.

But East Carolina's Nick Johnson intercepted DeAndre Presley's pass after an interception by Jared Reine gave the Mountaineers the ball down 17 points.

The Pirates drove for a 25-yard Ben Hartman field goal and a 27-7 halftime lead.


Appalachian State showed up after all.

After going more than 18 minutes without a first down, the Mountaineers drove 71 yards in 11 plays for a 3-yard touchdown run by quarterback DeAndre Presley, cutting East Carolina's lead to 24-7 with 8:12 remaining in the second quarter.


A year after edging the best of the ACC (Virginia Tech) in its season opener, East Carolina is crushing the best of the FCS.

Dominique Lindsay's 21-yard touchdown run with 13:21 remaining in the second quarter made the score 24-0 in the Pirates' favor over Appalachian State.


The rout is on, and SEC transfers are the ones doing the damage for East Carolina.

Alabama transfer Reyn Willis caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Pinkney with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter to increase the Pirates' lead to 17-0 over Appalachian State.

Kentucky transfer Brandon Jackson ran 39 yards for East Carolina's first touchdown.


Kicker Ben Hartman, who missed much of the preseason with a hip injury, is back for East Carolina.

Hartman, who's expected to be one of the top place-kickers in the nation this season, kicked a 26-yard field goal to increase the Pirates' lead to 10-0 with 10:05 remaining in the first quarter against Appalachian State.

Key play on the drive was a 41-yard run by Dominique Lindsay. Earlier...

Brandon Jackson won't ever forget his first carry at East Carolina.

Jackson, a Kentucky transfer who once was one of the top recruits out of Oregon ran 39 yards over right tackle for a touchdown to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead over Appalachian State with just 1:31 expired in the game.

Ken Tysiac