East Carolina and North Carolina announced on Thursday a two-year home-and-home football series agreement that will keep the schools playing through 2013.
North Carolina will host the Pirates on Sept. 22, 2012 at Kenan Stadium, but will make the trip to Greenville on Sept. 28, 2013.
In a series that started in 1972, the two teams will play for the 14th time on Saturday in a sold-out contest at ECU's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (8 p.m.).
UNC leads the series 10-2-1.
“We look forward to facing ECU over the next two seasons,” UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour said in a statement. “For a number of reasons, this is a good game for the state of North Carolina and it’s an exciting game for fans of both institutions.”
Saturday's game marks the third consecutive contest between the teams.