ARTICLE OF THE DAY
Weary No More
by Josh Spence
Winning college football
games on the road is a tough thing to do. East Carolina found out
just how tough it is in a 27-24 loss to Memphis on Saturday.
However, road struggles are nothing new to these Pirates. East
Carolina got only one victory on the road in the two years under John
Thompson. A six point win at Army in 2003, against a team that
went winless on the year. Including the Army win, and the 2 road
games prior to the SMU match-up this year, East Carolina had lost 18 of
their last 20 road games.
However, this year has been different. In three road losses this
year East Carolina has lost by an average of 6 points. Pretty
good considering the average margin of loss on the road under John
Thompson was 27 points. Of course, the Pirates also recorded
their first road win in nearly two calendar years when they beat SMU
For whatever reason, playing on the road doesn’t bother this
team. When asked about his teams’ response to playing on the
road, Skip Holtz said it hasn’t really been a factor. “I haven’t
seen that deer in the headlights look when we go on the road”.
The blue collar approach that Holtz and his staff have instilled in the
Pirates has carried over on the road, and the Pirates are becoming a
complete football team.
Obviously the ability to win on the road is a necessity for a good
football team. Under Skip Holtz the Pirates have improved in many
aspects of the game, but none more than playing on the road. With
four games remaining in the 2005 season, it’s make or break time for
the Pirates. At 3-4, 2-2, the Pirates can finish strong or fall
to the bottom of the conference where everyone expected them to
be. With the recent play of the team on the road, all signs point
to a strong finish and if their lucky, the first bowl game in 3 years.