You have heard
the old phrase before,
"that team had more turnovers than a french bakery." Well, it looks
like East Carolina's defense is getting a taste for the fruity pastry
version on the football field.
The Pirate defense has forced nine turnovers in three games. That
includes seven interceptions (Zach Baker leads the way with three
picks), and two fumble recoveries. If ECU continues that rate over the
next eight games, that would project to 33 turnovers, 10 more than the
Bucs forced last year (12 picks and 11 fumble recoveries in 2004). Add
in the Pirate's offensive death grip on the pigskin (three fumbles
lost, one interception), and that projects to a turnover margin of +18
for the year. That's a far cry from last year's -4 which ranked 8th in
Usually turnover margin has a direct correlation to winning. But so far
ECU's +5 has only led to one win. So what's the problem? Two things;
turning those turnovers into points, and special teams. ECU has had one
breakdown in the kicking game once in each contest. All three miscues
have led to opponents' touchdowns: a Duke kickoff return, a Wake Forest
blocked punt, and a WVU punt return.
If ECU continues to be ball hawks on defense, and continues to hold
onto the ball on offense, then look for the Pirates to start putting
more wins on the board. And for Pirate players and fans, that would
taste better than any french pastry.