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Cincinnati’s History Versus East Carolina Football

ECU holds the edge in the series

University of Houston Cougars vs East Carolina Pirates Photo by Scott Halleran/Allsport/Getty Images

This Friday night, the Cincinnati Bearcats meet up with the East Carolina Pirates for the 24th time.

The Pirates hold an overall lead in the series, 13-10.

East Carolina dominated the series between its origins in the mid 1980s and the early 2000s.

The Pirates won 12 of the first 14 contests, often overwhelming the Bearcats in their annual contests as non-conference foes (1986-1995) and members of Conference USA (1996-2004).

During the Bearcats’ salad days of the 2000s, Cincinnati turned the beat around in the series. They have dominated it in similar fashion this century to the way that ECU did in the 20th century.

The Bearcats have won 8 of the last 9 meetings, including 5 of their 6 contests as colleagues in the AAC.

Last season, East Carolina put up a hellacious fight, going toe-to-toe with a seemingly overpowering Cincinnati club. The Bearcats escaped Greenville with a 46-43 victory.

Let’s have a look at the highlights and take this opponent seriously. ECU has some horses and will do what they can to put up a fight.