GREENVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina football team fell to East Carolina, 41-19, dropping its second straight game to start the season. It is the first time the two teams have battled since a 70-41 beatdown by ECU in 2014.
On just the second play from scrimmage, UNC (0-2) junior running back Antonio Williams found a seam and streaked down the field for 48 yards to put the Tar Heels in good field position at the East Carolina 22-yard line. A few plays later, senior kicker Freeman Jones converted a 32-yard field goal for the first score of the day.
The Pirates (1-1) responded quickly, marching down the field 84 yards for a touchdown. The drive was capped by a six-yard touchdown run from senior Anthony Scott to make it a 7-3 game.
After a 3-and-out from both teams, UNC took the ball on its own 19-yard line. The Tar Heels quickly found themselves in trouble on third-and-14, but a pass from quarterback Nathan Elliott to running back Jordon Brown resulted in 28 yards and a first down. After gaining another first down, Jones converted his second field goal, this one for 44 yards.
A 30-yard run from Williams on the Tar Heels’ next possession put them in decent field position. UNC moved into the red zone and with 13:18 remaining in the half, Brown scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown to make it 13-7.