GREENVILLE, N.C. The East Carolina football team defeated UConn by a score of 41-3 on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 41,370 at Dowdy-Finken Stadium. UConn falls to 3-6 on the season and 1-5 in the American Athletic Conference while the Pirates are 3-5 and 1-3.
UConn senior wide receiver Noel Thomas (Norwalk, Conn.) had seven receptions for 135 yards to lead the Huskies. He now has 83 receptions this season, which is second-highest in UConn single-season history as Mark Didio holds the record with 88 in 1991.
Thomas also has 166 career receptions, which is fifth in school history. Thomas now has 100-yard receiving games in six-straight games, seven this season and eight in his career.
UConn's only point in the game came on a 34-yard field goal by senior Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) with 3:14 left in the half that made it 7-3 ECU. The Pirates, who scored a TD on their first possession of the game, made it a 14-3 halftime lead when the scored on a two-yard pass.
ECU wide receiver Zay Jones moved into secnd place on the all-time NCAA reception list with 19 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown. The 19 catches were the most ever by a UConn opponent in a game. Jones now has 355 career catches, six more than former Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles, trailing only the 387 catches tallied by his former East Carolina teammate Justin Hardy.
East Carolina QB Philip Nelson threw for 253 yards and two scores for the Pirates, who snapped a five-game losing streak. UConn redshirt junior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs (Jefferson, Ga.) was 16 of 30 for 180 yards.
UConn returns to action on Friday when it plays host to Temple at 7:00 p.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The game will be televised on ESPNU and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network.
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