Two teams hoping to end the season with strong second-half surges go head-to-head in Greenville tonight when the USF Bulls travel to take on the ECU Pirates in an American Athletic Conference game.
The Bulls are 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the AAC, while the Pirates are 3-4, 1-2. East Carolina won last year’s game 44-24, but South Florida holds a 9-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Quarterback Holton Ahlers is a big part of the offense, completing 144 of 239 passes (60.3%) for 1,763 yards and 10 touchdowns so far. In last week’s overtime loss to Houston, Ahlers completed 23 of 37 passes (62.2%) for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior Jaren Mangham leads the Bulls on the ground, having carried 96 times for 416 yards and 12 touchdowns. In last week’s win over Temple, Mangham carried 26 times for 152 yards (5.8 average) and two touchdowns.
The teams meet tonight on a nationally televised ESPN broadcast, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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ECU vs. South Florida
Or: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina
Dated: Saturday October 30
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Betting line: The Pirates are the 10-point favorites and the over-under is set at 56.5.
Series history: South Florida leads all-time, 9-2.
This story was originally published October 28, 2021 12:00 p.m.