Georgia State Uses Big First Half Leads to 49-29 Win Over East Carolina

Cornelious Brown IV passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Sam Pinckney, as Georgia State scored 35 first-half points en route to a 49-29 win over East Carolina Saturday at Center Parc Stadium.

Despite the final margin, the Georgia State defense did not allow a touchdown as the Pirates’ three touchdowns came on a pick-six, a fake field goal and a blocked punt. The Panthers held ECU to 292 total yards, including just 50 yards rushing, the fewest rushing yards allowed by the GSU defense since holding WKU to a school-record minus-2 yards in the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl.

Pinckney finished with a career-high 134 yards on seven catches, including scoring plays of 38 and 13 yards.

The Panthers piled up 247 yards on the ground, including Destin Coates who finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns, while Terrance Dixon rushed three times for 78 yards, including a long of 43.

Georgia State’s 35 first-half points are a program record for points in a half. After East Carolina scored on a pick six on the first play of the game, the Panthers reeled off four straight touchdowns and took a 35-13 lead into the locker room.

Holton Ahlers finished 29-for-50 for  242 yards for East Carolina, but threw three interceptions.

Georgia State’s next game is Thursday, Oct. 15 at Arkansas State on ESPN.

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