Wednesday September 17th, 2014

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. East Carolina Pirates

The 2-0 North Carolina Tar Heels return from a bye week to take on East Carolina, which improved to 2-1 with an upset win at Virginia Tech last week. North Carolina’s last game was a 31-27 win at home over San Diego State.

This is the 17th meeting between the Tar Heels and Pirates. North Carolina holds a 12-3-1 lead. ECU posted a 55-31 win on the road last September.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

Details for Saturday's game are below:

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV coverage: ESPNU

Radio: For a list of East Carolina affiliates, click here. For a list of North Carolina affiliates, click here.

Game Facts

East Carolina facts

With its win at Virginia Tech last week, East Carolina picked up its first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 18 Houston in 2009.

This will be the Pirates’ 19th meeting against a Power Five conference opponent since 2009.

Senior wide receiver Justin Hardy’s 289 career receptions is tops among active players in FBS. It is also a school record, as are his 3,364 receiving yards.

This is the first time since 2005 that East Carolina is playing three straight Power Five conference opponents. That year, ECU was 1-2 in a stretch that included Duke, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

The Pirates’ 209-game streak of consecutive games without being shut out is the eighth-longest in FBS.

North Carolina facts

This is North Carolina’s first road game of the season. The Tar Heels won their final two road games in 2013 after losing their first three.

The Tar Heels are seeking to start the season 3-0 for just the third time since 1998 (2009 and 2011).

North Carolina has scored on an interception return in each of its first two games this season. Linebacker Jeff Schoettmer did the honors with a 19-yard return against Liberty, and Brian Walker had a 100-yard return for a score against San Diego State.

The Tar Heels have forced nine turnovers in two games.

Against San Diego State, North Carolina had two plays of 90 yards or more, the first time in school history the Heels had done so in a single game.

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