FILED WEDNESDAY EVENING, DEC. 29, 2010
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WNCT-TV 9 Sports
Director Brian Bailey was on the
scene in Washington, DC, bringing
daily coverage of bowl week to Bonesville's readers
and Channel 9's viewers. The week
climaxed on Wednesday with East
Carolina's Military Bowl
showdown with Maryland.
WASHINGTON, DC —
East Carolina and Maryland didn't hook up during
Military Bowl week until the official luncheon the day
before the game. According to several players, the two
teams almost came to blows just after that luncheon.
emotion spilled into game day, where the teams had to be
separated during pregame warm-ups.
coach told me the Terrapin players didn't respect the
Pirates at all. That same coach was hoping that the
Pirates would earn that respect in the Military Bowl.
Unfortunately, all of that emotion was lost in a sea of
penalties and turnovers. East Carolina finally got the
offense cranked up in the second half, but then it was
This is a
powerful Pirate offense if it doesn't get penalized. It
is not an offense designed to pick up first downs when
it takes 15 and 20 yards to move the chains. Fifteen
penalties and four turnovers made it impossible to win
about execution," said ECU coach Ruffin McNeill after
the 51-20 loss to the Terrapins. "I thought we would be
much better, especially on offense."
Pirates finish at 6-7 in Ruffin McNeill's first year.
That's the danger that accompanies a 6-6 record going
into a bowl game.
really hard to believe the football season is over. The
work for next year begins next week.
Davis looks forward to his senior season.
have to build on this loss," he said. "It starts with
winter conditioning and I know this team will work
it was a long bus ride home on Wednesday night.
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