Ahlers, Mitchell star for ECU in win over Old Dominion

The Pirates evened their record at 1-1

ECU running back Keaton Mitchell. (Paul W. Gillespie / The Baltimore Sun via AP)

GREENVILLE — Holton Ahlers threw for two touchdowns, Keaton Mitchell added two on the ground and East Carolina pulled away from Old Dominion 39-21 on Saturday.

Hayden Wolff’s 18-yard TD pass to Ali Jennings III early in the second half got Old Dominion (1-1) with two points but the Pirates (1-1) scored the next 23 points including two touchdowns by Rahjai Harris — one receiving and one rushing — and an 81-yard run by Mitchell.

Ahlers was 25-of-39 passing for 270 yards and Mitchell had 160 yards rushing on 18 carries. ECU, which fell by a point to then-No. 13 NC State last week, outgained Old Dominion 531-286.

Wolff was 18 of 29 for 271 yards passing and three touchdowns, all to Jennings, who made eight catches for 196 yards.

The Monarchs were coming off a 20-17 win over Virginia Tech.

ECU is home against Campbell next weekend.