Jarrett Brown threw for a career-high334 yards and four touchdown West Virginia paid back East Carolinawith a 35-20 victory on Saturday.
Brown was at ease directing the offense in his second startsince taking over for the departed Pat White. He completed ninestraight passes at one point against a veteran defense and finished24 of 31. He also ran 10 times for 73 yards.
West Virginia (2-0) sacked Patrick Pinkney four times and heldEast Carolina (1-1) scoreless in the second half. The Mountaineersused last year's 24-3 loss at East Carolina as motivation andimproved to 13-0 all time at home against the Pirates.
East Carolina is still looking for Pinkney to return to lastyear's form that saw him lead the Pirates to a nine-win season thatincluded victories over ranked teams Virginia Tech and WestVirginia.
Pinkney followed up a poor performance against Appalachian Stateby going 16 of 39 for 175 yards with one TD toss and aninterception. East Carolina was limited to 237 yards of offense.
Brown capped his day by hitting freshman Tavon Austin with a58-yard TD toss early in the third quarter to put West Virginiaahead 28-20. East Carolina had a chance to close the gap in thefourth but turned the ball over on downs at the West Virginia 25.
Noel Devine led West Virginia with 80 yards rushing, including a4-yard TD run midway through the fourth that capped the scoring.Jock Sanders had nine catches for 99 yards.
All of East Carolina's points came with help from West Virginiamistakes. The Mountaineers committed five penalties on their firsttwo possessions, giving the Pirates great field position early, andSanders and teammate Brandon Hogan mishandled second-quarter punts.
East Carolina's first-half scoring drives: 31, 26, 0 and 18yards.
Without the help, East Carolina struggled. Pinkney threw passesbehind his receivers and took little advantage of a West Virginiadefense that lost linemen Julian Miller and Scooter Berry andlinebacker Reed Williams with first-half injuries.
Pinkney threw six straight incompletions at one point, whileBrown was sharp. Alric Arnett caught first-half scoring tosses of46 and 11 yards from Brown and the Mountaineers led 21-20 athalftime.
Brown wasn't flawless, but his mistakes weren't costly. He threwa third-quarter interception deep in East Carolina territory and hefumbled the ball away at the ECU 19 early in the fourth.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun