GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Holton Ahlers threw for four first-half touchdowns and East Carolina held off SMU’s second-half rally for a 52-38 victory. ECU scored a touchdown on its first six possessions of the game, and closed the half with a short field goal for a 45-7 lead. Ahlers was 11-of-17 passing for 158 yards in the first half. WR Tyler Snead also had a passing touchdown on a reverse and Keaton Mitchell rushed for 57 yards and a score. SMU battled back in the second half with four touchdowns.