ARTICLE OF THE DAY
But Not Out
by Josh Spence
After losing to Wake
Forest last Saturday, hopes of an undefeated season went by the
wayside. Actually, let’s be honest. Nobody believed this
team would go undefeated. The fact is, that after three wins in
two years, and the implementation of a new coaching staff, most Pirate
fans would be thrilled if the team went .500 on the year. The
season is long and grueling, there will be good times and there will be
bad - that’s college football. However, even though their
fell short against Wake forest, the fight shown by the Pirates in the
second half speaks volumes of what is to come.
The 2004 Pirates were blown out of the water on several occasions last
year. East Carolina had four of their eleven opponents reach the
50 point mark, while the pirates scored a season high 38 against Army,
and reached 35 on only one other occasion. When the Pirates gave
up big points last year, it usually started in the first half and only
got worse in the second. This is evidence of a team that did not
make proper half time adjustments, and conceded ball games before the
Not the case (at least to this point) under the Skip Holtz
regime. Against Wake Forest the Pirates got down big early.
A struggling Pirate offense and a blocked punt quickly spelled a 14-0
lead for Wake in the first quarter. Trailing 31-13 after the
first half, it looked like the Pirates would be limping back home to
Greenville. Instead, the team stepped up to the challenge in the
second half, scoring 14 points in the third quarter to cut the lead to
Although they fell short, it was a valiant second half effort from the
Pirates. Adjustments were made at halftime, and the Pirates only
allowed 13 points in the second half. There is something to be
said for a team that fights back like that. Invaluable is the
mentality that your team can fight back, no matter what the score.
There were several other positives to come from this ballgame.
East Carolina had 0 turnovers. The Pirates only accomplished that
feat once last year, in the win over Army. In fact ECU averaged
almost 2.5 turnovers per games last year. ECU also performed quite well
against the pass again. The Pirates held Ben Mauk to 10-17 passing for
only 69 yards, and although the Pirates have played a couple a
“run-first” teams, they now sit as the top ranked passing defense in
the country. How about the job by Robert Lee? The JUCO
transfer kicked one of the longest field goals in ECU history
when he made a 51-yarder against Wake Forest.
Bottom line, this team has heart and they showed that coming back
against the Demon Deacons. There are some areas for improvement,
but overall we are dealing with a more complete product than what has
been on the field the past couple of years. Pirate fans can once
again be proud to call each other Pirates.