Preview: East Carolina at Tulsa

When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Oklahoma


East Carolina's big offense is probably the last thing host Tulsa wants to see in its season finale Friday. Quarterback Shane Carden and the Pirates rank second nationally in passing while the Golden Hurricane have struggled to stop big plays. "It's just inconsistency," Tulsa safety Michael Mudoh told the Tulsa World. "We have to play four quarters. Just because we make one play doesn't mean we can let up the next play, because that's how we give up big plays."

The Golden Hurricane have allowed 42 plays of 30 or more yards, including a FBS-leading 13 plays of 60 yards or more. The Pirates, who lead the American Athletic Conference in total offense, have 30 plays of at least 30 yards. The Pirates still have an outside shot at winning the conference title, needing to win their last two games and have Memphis and Cincinnati lose.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: East Carolina -17.5

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (7-3, 4-2 AAC): Carden has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 3,574 yards and 21 touchdowns and is ranked second nationally in total offense (365.3). Justin Hardy, who broke the FBS record for career receptions last week, leads the AAC with 8.9 catches and 110.6 yards per game. Josh Hawkins (four interceptions, 10 pass breakups) and Zeek Bigger (106 tackles) lead a Pirate defense that's allowing just 94.8 rushing yards.

ABOUT TULSA (2-9, 2-5): The Tulsa defense, depleted by injuries this season, is ranked 119th out of 128 teams in points allowed (38.4) and 118th in yards (484.6). Dane Evans has thrown for 2,903 yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while Keevan Lucas leads the AAC with 11 touchdown catches and is second with averages of 8.6 catches and 103.1 yards. Zack Langer leads Tulsa with 801 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Eastern Carolina has won the past four meetings, averaging 45 points in those victories.

2. The Pirates have outscored their opponents by 66 points in fourth quarter, the nation's second-best mark.

3. The Golden Hurricane are trying to avoid their fourth 10-loss season in program history (1954, 2001, 2002).

PREDICTION: East Carolina 45, Tulsa 20

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
East Carolina 7-3 W1 36.7 24.4 5-0 2-3 7-2 0-0 4-2
Tulsa 2-9 L2 24.0 38.4 2-3 0-6 0-3 0-1 2-5

Last Meeting

East Carolina Tulsa
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/9/13 TLSA 24 ECU 58 505 121 384 363 188 175

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ECU S. Carden 68.0 384 5 0
TLSA D. Evans 42.4 142 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ECU V. Cooper 17 67 3.9 0
TLSA T. Watts 27 120 4.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ECU I. Jones 8 104 13.0 2
TLSA T. Watts 4 48 12.0 1
TDs Player TD
ECU S. Carden 2
TLSA T. Watts 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ECU S. Carden 63.6 3574 21 5
TLSA D. Evans 56.0 2903 22 15
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ECU B. Allen 116 808 7.0 8
TLSA Z. Langer 196 801 4.1 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ECU J. Hardy 89 1106 12.4 7
TLSA K. Lucas 95 1134 11.9 11
TDs Player TD
ECU B. Allen 9
TLSA K. Lucas 11

Quickchart Matchup

East Carolina Off vs  Tulsa Def
547.2 yards
484.6 yards
5.4 yards/rush
5.6 yards/rush
7.7 yards/attempt
8.8 yards/attempt
Tulsa Off vs  East Carolina Def
414.7 yards
362.6 yards
3.7 yards/rush
3.1 yards/rush
6.6 yards/attempt
6.6 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
17.5
-110
66.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
17.5
-110
68.5
Sportsbook
-110
17.5
-110
68.5
5Dimes.eu
-102
17.5
-102
69
GTBets.eu
-110
17.5
-110
68.5
Top Bet
-110
17.5
-110
68
BetOnline.ag
-110
17.5
-110
68.5
BetDSI
-110
17.5
-110
69
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
17.5
-110
68.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
17.5
-110
69
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
17.5
-110
69
Mirage
-110
17.5
-110
69
Station
-110
17.5
-110
69
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

East Carolina Overall Tulsa
7-3-0 W/L 2-9-0
5-5-0 ATS 4-7-0
4-6-0 O/U 9-2-0
36.7 Pts For 24.0
24.4 Pts Against 38.4
East Carolina A/H Tulsa
2-3 W/L 2-3
2-3-0 ATS 1-4-0
1-4-0 O/U 5-0-0
27.0 Pts For 29.4
29.0 Pts Against 37.2