Carden’s record air show lifts ECU
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden erased any thoughts of opening-game jitters in a hurry against Old Dominion on Saturday night.
Carden threw three touchdown passes in the first half en route to a school-record 447 yards to lead the Pirates to a 52-38 win in the season opener for both schools.
“We just wanted to establish ourselves (offensively) and spread things out,” ECU coach Ruffin McNeill said. “We saw some places where we had some advantages and capitalized on them. That is really as simple as it is. Just move the chains any way you can.”
Carden kept the chain gang busy, completing 46 of 54 passes with five touchdowns. Carden set the previous mark of 439 yards in last year’s 65-59 double-overtime win over Marshall. The five scoring tosses tied his school record for TD passes in a game.
The junior quarterback wasn’t the only Pirate cracking the record book. Justin Hardy tied his school record of 16 receptions and also had 191 yards receiving.
Davon Grayson caught three TD passes for ECU.
Taylor Heinicke went 38 of 51 for 338 yards and three touchdowns for the Monarchs. He was the game’s leading rusher with 52 yards and a score.
ECU seeks a 2-0 start when Florida Atlantic visits Greenville on Thursday night. Fox Sports 1 provides live television coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.
MONTANA SPOILS SATTERFIELD’S ASU DEBUT
MISSOULA, Mont. — Jordan Johnson completed his first 12 passes of the game and threw for two touchdowns as Montana and a stifling defense downed Appalachian State 30-6 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
Johnson, seeing his first action after missing all of last season while dealing with legal issues, completed 19 of 23 passes for 251 yards in front of a record crowd of 26,293 in the first regular season night game ever played at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield, making his debut at the Mountaineer helm, said his team’s lack of a running game along with turnovers had a lot to do with the outcome of the contest.
“We didn’t get anything going running the ball,” Satterfield said. “We turned the ball over twice and had a blocked punt. That makes it tough to win against a team like Montana.”
Versatile Mountaineer senior Tony Washington, who starred at T.W. Andrews, hauled in six catches for 81 yards, returned five kickoffs for 118 yards, rushed once for nine yards and had two punt returns for 10 yards.
ASU looks to bounce back against visiting N.C. A&T on Saturday at 6 p.m.
BOYD, CLEMSON SEND MESSAGE AGAINST GEORGIA
CLEMSON, S.C. — As far as Tajh Boyd is concerned, Clemson’s victory against Georgia wasn’t a statement as much as a step toward much greater goals.
Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for two others as No. 8 Clemson defeated No. 5 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday night. It was the Tigers second straight win over a top-10 opponent from the Southeastern Conference. While the victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl left Clemson with a strong finish to last season, this win over gave the Tigers a strong start on what they hope is a special season.
“I think it was a good win,” Boyd said. “Nothing that we didn’t expect as a program, but it turned a lot of heads in college football.”
Boyd added touchdown runs of 4 and 2 yards to win the lone matchup of top-10 teams in college football’s opening weekend.
It lived up to the billing, a back-and-forth classic that should vault Boyd to the top of the Heisman watch lists and get Clemson into the top five of the rankings. Boyd kept Georgia’s defense on its heels all game.