GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Adrian Killins returned a kickoff 100 yards and Dontravious Wilson ran for two scores as Central Florida beat East Carolina, 47-29 in the American Athletic Conference opener Saturday.
Killins now has scored three touchdowns, each covering 60 yards or more.
Wilson became the first Knight to score three touchdowns in a game since 2014 last week; this week he had scoring runs of 35- and 14-yards.
Phillip Nelson found Deondre Farrier with a 16-yard scoring pass to put the Pirates (2-3, 0-1) on the board first, but Killins tied the game by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and the Knights (3-2, 1-0) tackled East Carolina running back Devin Anderson for a safety to take the lead, 9-7.
East Carolina opens conference play against Central Florida Saturday in Greenville.
The Pirates (2-2) are unbeaten at home in 2016, with their two losses on the road at South Carolina and last week at Virginia Tech.
East Carolina comes into the contest as three-point favorites to beat UCF, which improved to 2-2 last week after a 53-14 win at Florida International.
Kickoff is at 12 o’clock. The Pirates have won 8-straight home conference openers.