The ECU Pirates took No.25 SMU to the wire on Saturday in a 59-51 loss. It is the second week in a row ECU came close to upsetting a ranked team, after losing 46-43 to then-No.17 Cincinnati last weekend at home. Holton Ahlers followed up his 535-yard performance with 498 yards and six touchdowns. Tyler Snead pulled in 19 catches for 240 yards and three scores. Nonetheless, the Pirates dropped to 3-7 and 0-6 in AAC play with their fifth consecutive loss.