A win is
a win, for the ECU Pirates. On Saturday the Pirates got a victory
the Rice Owls 41-28. Going into Saturday’s
game East Carolina knew that Rice could move the football and had shown
the ability to score on anyone. Through
three games the Owls had managed to score 57 points even though they
were 0-3. They opened the season scoring
21 on UCLA, followed with 10 points versus No 2. Texas and 26 points
the following week against a good UAB team. That
being said, the Pirates were not ready for the offensive explosion the
Owls put on them through three quarters. Rice
ran the ball all game long, just like the Pirates knew they would, but
they were crafty enough to mix up the ball carriers and keep ECU off
balance. The Owls amassed four rushing
touchdowns through three quarters.
Carolina’s offense was just as
productive, but in a different way. The
Pirates terrorized the Owls through the air. Quarterback
James Pinkney had his best day yet as a Pirate. Pinkney
was 23-34 for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Not
only did James find star wide receiver Aundrae Allison six times for
100 yards and a TD, but for the first time this season, there was
another 100 yard receiver to go along with him. Chris
Johnson had five catches for 116 yards, with a long of 80 yards.
Johnson couldn’t get anything going on the
ground however only tallying a few yards all game. Bobby Good
made his return to the Pirate lineup
scoring the first touchdown of the game for East Carolina on a
reception from James.
kicking game, East Carolina had
a much better day. Ryan Daugherty had a
63-yard punt; his longest of the year and kicker Robert Lee remained
perfect on the season on extra points and field goals. It has
only been a few years since the Pirates lost
their all-time leading scorer, Kevin Miller, to graduation.
Miller’s departure left ECU with Cameron
Broadwell, who also had a very successful career, but after he
graduated there was some concern as to who would replace him. No
longer is that a problem. “The General”,
Robert Lee has taken East Carolina by storm and will be crucial as
ECU gets deeper in the conference schedule.
game versus Southern Methodist will give the Pirates an opportunity to
get back-to-back wins for the first time this season, get their first
win on the road, and have a winning record in Conference USA.