College Football
East Carolina at Temple
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 1, 2014
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For No. 19 East Carolina, it's one goal down, one to go. The Pirates became bowl eligible for the eighth time in nine seasons with last week's win over Connecticut and will look to extend their winning streak to six games Saturday when they visit Temple in an American Athletic Conference matchup. "It's very big (to be bowl eligible)," said East Carolina wideout Justin Hardy, who set season highs in catches (14) and yards (186) against the Huskies. "The next thing to go after is the conference championship."

East Carolina enters the weekend tied with Central Florida atop the league standings with the teams slated to meet in the regular-season finale on Dec. 4. Before that game, however, the Pirates play three of their next four contests on the road, starting with Saturday's matchup at Temple, which is looking to avoid a third straight loss after managing just 24 points in its previous two games combined. "We have to take a breath and say, 'You know what? We're the same team that three weeks ago put up 500 yards on offense,'" said coach Matt Rhule. "We have to take a step back and not listen to what everybody on the outside is telling us and get back to the way we were playing. I think we'll do that this week."

TV: Noon ET, ESPNews. LINE: East Carolina -7

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (6-1, 3-0 AAC): Only 13 teams in the nation have scored more points per game than East Carolina, which averages 39.6 points and ranks third in the country in passing yards per game (381.9). Last week's effort against Connecticut was not one of the Pirates' more impressive showings of the season, but Shane Carden still threw for a season-high 445 yards and two scores, earning him the AAC Offensive Player of the Week award for the third time in 2014. East Carolina, which ran a staggering 100 plays against UConn, has received 552 total yards and six TDs over the last four games from senior running back Breon Allen.

ABOUT TEMPLE (4-3, 2-2): The Owls hope their offense wakes up at home, where they have scored 94 points over their last two games at Lincoln Financial Field. Rhule will continue to stick with P.J. Walker under center even though he was replaced by Connor Reilly for a few series in last week's defeat. Walker also has been dealing with a high ankle sprain, meaning that Temple really needs more help from a rushing attack that totaled 32 yards on 20 carries a week ago.


1. Hardy is second in FBS history with 327 career catches, 23 behind Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma, 2008-11) for the all-time FBS record.

2. Temple has the youngest team in FBS with only eight seniors on its roster.

3. The Owls have three punt returns for touchdowns this season - two more than the rest of the AAC combined.

PREDICTION: East Carolina 49, Temple 29
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
East Carolina 6-1 W5 39.6 23.4 4-0 2-1 6-1 0-0 3-0
Temple 4-3 L2 30.7 19.6 2-1 2-2 3-2 0-1 2-2
Last Meeting
East Carolina Temple
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/21/95 TEM 22 ECU 32 0 0 0 0 0 0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
East Carolina N/A
Temple N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
East Carolina N/A
Temple N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
East Carolina N/A
Temple N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
East Carolina N/A
Temple N/A
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
East Carolina S. Carden 64.6 2574 18 5
Temple P. Walker 57.9 1469 11 9
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
East Carolina B. Allen 75 569 7.6 6
Temple J. Thomas 54 334 6.2 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
East Carolina J. Hardy 61 779 12.8 6
Temple J. Fitzpatrick 30 432 14.4 5
Touchdowns Player TD
East Carolina B. Allen 7
Temple J. Fitzpatrick 5
Quickchart Matchup
East Carolina Off vs  Temple Def
566.9 yards
362.6 yards
5.8 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
8.1 yards/attempt
6.8 yards/attempt
Temple Off vs  East Carolina Def
343.7 yards
368.6 yards
3.9 yards/rush
3.3 yards/rush
6.6 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt