TAMPA, Fla. (AP) —

Holton Ahlers threw for three touchdowns and Rahjai Harris ran for two scores and East Carolina beat South Florida 44-24 on Saturday night.

With the win, East Carolina (1-2, 1-1 American) ended a six-game skid against the Bulls (1-3, 0-2 American).

Johnny Ford's 8-yard scoring run gave South Florida its lone lead at 7-3. The Pirates seized control from there. East Carolina scored four touchdowns in a span of five drives and led 31-17 at halftime.

Ahlers found Darius Pinnix from 2-yards out and connected with C.J. Johnson on a 75-yard score. Harris then ran for scores of 42 and 10 yards before intermission.

Ford ran for a pair of scores and Jordan McCloud threw for 298 yards for South Florida.


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