GREENVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Behind a career performance by Cory Randolph, Wake Forest rebounded nicely from a difficult loss in its season opener.
Randolph threw for a career-high 342 yards and two touchdowns as the Demon Deacons rolled to a 31-17 victory over instrastate foe East Carolina.
After the Pirates got a field goal on their first possession of the second half to cut the deficit to 10-3, Randolph took over. He connected with Nate Morton on a 63-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing drive to rebuild the margin to 14 points.
Following a punt by East Carolina, Randolph engineered a 72-yard drive, culminating in a 35-yard scoring strike to Chris Davis that made it 24-3 with 10:30 left in the third quarter. Randolph had 27 of his career-high 94 rushing yards during the drive.
A pair of touchdowns for the Pirates tightened things up before Randolph used his legs to put away the game. He capped a nine-play drive with an 18-yard touchdown run to finish the scoring early in the fourth quarter.
The Demon Deacons, who dropped a 37-30 double-overtime affair to Clemson a week ago, have scored in all eight quarters of regulation this year.
Morton hauled in five catches for 141 yards, the first time he has gone over the 100-yard mark.
James Pinkney completed 20-of-37 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown but threw interceptions on East Carolina's first two possessions, the second leading to a touchdown for Wake Forest.
Bobby Good had 125 yards receiving and scored once for the Pirates (0-2), who have allowed 720 rushing yards in their first two games.