List of East Carolina Pirates football seasons

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Quarterback Brett Clay hands off the ball to his tailback Chris Johnson in the Pirates' 2007 opener at Virginia Tech

This is a list of seasons completed by the East Carolina Pirates football team since the team's creation in 1932 under Coach Kenneth Beatty.[1] Since that first season, the Pirates have played over 700 regular-season games and 15 bowl games.

Historically, East Carolina has seen moderate success. While East Carolina's first ten years of football included only three winning seasons,[2][3][4] the team has recorded one undefeated season and several one-loss seasons since their early struggles.[5] Football was called off for the 1942, 1943, and 1944 seasons due to World War II.[6] After the three-season hiatus, the Pirates joined the North State Conference.[7] East Carolina won its first championship—the North State Conference championship—in 1953. In its 15 years as a member of the North State Conference, the Pirates won two championships and went to two bowl games. In 1962, the team left the conference and returned to its previous status as a football independent. During two of those years, the Pirates went 9–1.

In 1965, the Pirates accepted membership in the Southern Conference.[8] The team won the Southern Conference championship under coach Clarence Stasavich in the following year,[9] but did not win another conference championship until 1972. The 1972 team was coached by Sonny Randle, who won the Southern Conference championship in his second year as head coach. In 1973, he again coached a conference-championship team—the only time in school history the team won two conference championships in a row.[10] Randle left to take a position as head football coach of Virginia in 1974 and was replaced by Pat Dye. Dye, in his third year, won the Pirates' fourth Southern Conference championship. In 1977, ECU left the Southern Conference and had three more winning seasons as a football independent. In 1980, under new head coach Ed Emory, the Pirates had their first losing season since 1971. The team struggled over the next two years. In 1983, Emory's Pirates ended the season ranked as one of the top 25 teams in the country by the Associated Press.[11]

The next seven seasons included just one winning season—1989. The Pirates gradually rebuilt the program, and the 1991 team, coached by Bill Lewis, went 11–1, losing only to Illinois in the season opener. The team capped off the season with an in-state win over North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl. Following the win, the Pirates entered the offseason ranked ninth in both the AP and Coaches Poll. Thanks to his performance during the year, Lewis was awarded the American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year award.[12] The season marked the only time the Pirates finished the season ranked in the top 10.[11] In 1995, ECU won the Liberty Bowl over Stanford and finished 23rd in the Coaches' Poll.[11] The Pirates joined Conference USA (C-USA) in 1997, ending their status as football independents for the first time since 1976. Since joining the C-USA, the Pirates have had nine winning seasons, seven losing seasons, and one 6–6 year.[13] In 2014, the Pirates joined the American Athletic Conference as full members.

Seasons

Conference Champions Bowl game berth[14]
Season Conference Season results Bowl result Final ranking
Conference finish Wins Losses Ties[15] AP Poll[16] Coaches Poll[17]
East Carolina Pirates football seasons
1932 Independent 0 5 0 N/A N/A
1933 Independent 1 5 0 N/A N/A
1934 Independent 1 4 1 N/A N/A
1935 Independent 3 3 0 N/A N/A
1936 Independent 3 2 0 N/A
1937 Independent 2 5 0 N/A
1938 Independent 1 6 1 N/A
1939 Independent 0 8 0 N/A
1940 Independent 6 2 0 N/A
1941 Independent 7 0 0 N/A
1942 East Carolina did not play football during the 1942–1945 seasons because of World War II
1943
1944
1945
1946 Independent 5 3 1 N/A
1947 North State Conference 3 6 0 N/A
1948 North State Conference 0 9 0 N/A
1949 North State Conference 4 5 1 N/A
1950 North State Conference 7 3 0
1951 North State Conference 4 6 0
1952 North State Conference 6 3 2 Lost Lions Bowl vs. Clarion 13–6
1953 North State Conference 8 2 0 Lost Elks Bowl vs. Morris Harvey 12–0[18]
1954 North State Conference 5 4 1
1955 North State Conference 4 5 0
1956 North State Conference 2 6 1
1957 North State Conference 1 8 0
1958 North State Conference 6 4 0
1959 North State Conference 5 6 0
1960 North State Conference 7 3 0
1961 Carolinas Conference[19] 5 4 1
1962 Independent 5 4 0
1963 Independent 9 1 0 Won Eastern Bowl vs. Northeastern 27–6
1964 Independent 9 1 0 Won Tangerine Bowl vs. Massachusetts 14–13
1965 Southern Conference 3 9 1 0 Won Tangerine Bowl vs. Maine 31–0
1966 Southern Conference 1 4 5 1
1967 Southern Conference 2 8 2 0
1968 Southern Conference 3 4 6 0
1969 Southern Conference 5 2 7 0
1970 Southern Conference 4 3 8 0
1971 Southern Conference 4 4 6 0
1972 Southern Conference 1 9 2 0
1973 Southern Conference 1 9 2 0
1974 Southern Conference 3 7 4 0
1975 Southern Conference 2 8 3 0
1976 Southern Conference 1 9 2 0
1977 Independent 8 3 0
1978 Independent 9 3 0 Won Independence Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech 35–13
1979 Independent 7 3 1
1980 Independent 4 7 0
1981 Independent 5 6 0
1982 Independent 7 4 0
1983 Independent 8 3 0 20
1984 Independent 2 9 0
1985 Independent 2 9 0
1986 Independent 3 8 0
1987 Independent 5 6 0
1988 Independent 3 8 0
1989 Independent 6 5 0
1990 Independent 5 6 0
1991 Independent 11 1 0 Won Peach Bowl vs. NC State 37–34 9 9
1992 Independent 5 6 0
1993 Independent 2 9 0
1994 Independent 7 5 0 Lost Liberty Bowl vs. Illinois 30–0
1995 Independent 9 3 0 Won Liberty Bowl vs. Stanford 19–13 23
1996 Independent 8 3
1997 Conference USA 3 5 6
1998 Conference USA 4 6 5
1999 Conference USA 2 9 3 Lost Mobile Alabama Bowl vs. Texas Christian 28–14
2000 Conference USA 3 8 4 Won Galleryfurniture.com Bowl vs. Texas Tech 40–27
2001 Conference USA 3 6 6 Lost GMAC Bowl vs. Marshall 64–61
2002 Conference USA 7 4 8
2003 Conference USA 10 1 11
2004 Conference USA 10 2 9
2005 Conference USA East 4 5 6
2006 Conference USA East 2 7 6 Lost Papajohns.com Bowl vs. South Florida 24–7
2007 Conference USA East 2 8 5 Won Hawai'i Bowl vs. Boise State 41–38
2008 Conference USA East 1 9 5 Won C-USA Championship vs. Tulsa 27–24
Lost Liberty Bowl vs Kentucky 19-25
2009 Conference USA East 1 9 5 Won C-USA Championship vs. Houston 38-32
Lost Liberty Bowl vs Arkansas 17-20
2010 Conference USA East 2 6 7 Lost Military Bowl vs Maryland 20-51
2011 Conference USA East 3 5 7
2012 Conference USA East 2 8 5 Lost New Orleans Bowl vs Louisiana–Lafayette 49-34
2013 Conference USA East 2 10 3 Won Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl vs Ohio 37-20
2014 American Athletic Conference 4 8 5 Lost Birmingham Bowl vs Florida 28-20
2015 American Athletic Conference East 5 5 7
Totals 423 381 11 (regular season games only)
9 11 0 (bowl games only)
432 391 11 (all games)

References

General

  • "East Carolina Pirates". College Football Data Warehouse. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  • "Year by Year Standings" (PDF). 2005 Southern Conference Football. Southern Conference. 2005. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  • "Standings". History/Records. Conference USA. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 

Specific

  1. ^ "East Carolina Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ "1932 - 1934". East Carolina Yearly Results. College Football Data Warehouse. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  3. ^ "1935 - 1939". East Carolina Yearly Results. College Football Data Warehouse. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  4. ^ "1940 - 1945". East Carolina Yearly Results. College Football Data Warehouse. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  5. ^ Staino, Patricia (November 2003). "The East Carolina story". Metro Magazine. Archived from the original on 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Sports" (PDF). Pirate Pulse. East Carolina Alumni Association. July 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Conference Affiliations". East Carolina Pirates. College Football Data Warehouse. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  8. ^ Peele, Woody (2005-02-25). "Nothing new under the sun at ECU". Woody's Ramblings. Bonesville.net. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Clarence Stasavich Records by Year". All-Time Coaching Records. College Football Data Warehouse. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  10. ^ "East Carolina Composite Championship Listing". College Football Data Warehouse. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  11. ^ a b c "East Carolina In the Polls". Major College Football Polls. College Football Data Warehouse. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  12. ^ "AFCA Coach of the Year Award – Past Winners". AFCA. 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  13. ^ "Standings". History/Records. Conference USA. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  14. ^ The blue color is used only when East Carolina reaches a bowl but does not hold a share in the conference title. In any case that East Carolina has a share of the conference championship, the gold color is used.
  15. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible.
  16. ^ The AP Poll was introduced in 1934. Thus, there are no polls for previous seasons.
  17. ^ The Coaches Poll was introduced in 1950. Therefore, polls for prior seasons do not exist.
  18. ^ "Harvey Triumphs In Elks Bowl Tilt". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York City. U.P. January 3, 1954. Retrieved March 29, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  19. ^ North State Conference became the Carolinas Conference in 1961.

External links

  • ECUPirates.com – Official East Carolina Pirates football website
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