Navy @ East Carolina
Current Records: Navy 2-2; East Carolina 1-2
What to Know
The East Carolina Pirates will be returning home after a two-game road trip. East Carolina and the Navy Midshipmen will face off in an American Athletic battle at noon ET Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Both teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.
The Pirates didn’t have too much trouble with the South Florida Bulls on the road last week as they won 44-24. QB Holton Ahlers and RB Rahjai Harris were among the main playmakers for East Carolina as the former passed for three TDs and 222 yards on 26 attempts in addition to picking up 35 yards on the ground and the latter rushed for two TDs and 115 yards on 19 carries. Ahlers hadn’t helped his team much against the Georgia State Panthers two weeks ago, so this was a nice turnaround for him.
Special teams collected 14 points for East Carolina. K Jake Verity delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
Meanwhile, it was a close one, but last week Navy sidestepped the Temple Owls for a 31-29 victory. FB Nelson Smith was the offensive standout of the contest for Navy, rushing for two TDs and 120 yards on 20 carries. That nimble footwork stands out as the first time Smith has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season.
The Pirates are expected to lose this next one by 3. However, those who like betting on the