TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Pirates hang on to
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Last week the Pirates finally
put together back-to-back wins.
Three in a row was apparently just asking too much. The rollercoaster
ride that has been the 2012 football season took a nasty nosedive as
fell to Navy 56-28.
The loss was eerily similar to the one against Navy at home two years
ago, when the Middies
put 76 points on the scoreboard.
That team gutted the Pirates up the middle.
This time Navy went wide, with a plethora of running backs and an
outstanding young quarterback, and once again rushed for over 500 yards
on the Bagwell Field turf.
The Pirates played like they had never seen the option.
“It’s embarrassing,” said ECU safety Chip Thompson. “But we put a lot of
work on the option throughout the year. It certainly didn’t show
While I think the Pirates did put in plenty of work on the option, I
came away from Saturday night’s game convinced that ECU never caught up
to the speed of Navy's flavor of the option. It literally looked like
the Pirates were outmanned on the edge on every rushing attempt.
“We could have done a better job on the perimeter,” said East Carolina
coach Ruffin McNeill after the loss. “We knew we would have to shed a
block and make a tackle, and that just didn’t happen tonight.”
Damon Magazu agreed.
“Our scout team gave us good looks on the option, but you just can’t
duplicate that speed,” he said.
Coach McNeill may have said it best with his opening statement in
Saturday night's post-game presser.
“The 24-hour rule is in effect, and this time it may be shorter then
that — I’m glad this game is over,” McNeill said. [Select
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That “24-hour” rule in the program is an understanding within the team
that the previous game, be it a win or a loss, would only be discussed
for a day. I’m not sure how strictly it is enforced, but I would say the
team needs to put this loss in the past quickly.
Coach Ruff could have added in those postgame comments that he was glad
the series was over, at least for now. Navy put up 76, 35 and 56 points
against the Pirates in three games. Somehow, the Pirates
won the middle game in Annapolis,
when they at least slowed down the option attack.
It was like a freight train coming through this time though.
McNeill has a saying that you don’t let one loss beat you twice. East
Carolina dives back into Conference USA play this week, as Houston comes
The Cougars have also seen their share of ups and downs this season.
Houston comes to town as a 3-point favorite.
“I am looking forward to the game against Houston,” said McNeill at his
weekly press conference on Monday. [Select
and replay audio clip of Monday presser in a new window...]
“It’s tough to take a loss like we did to Navy, because of the amount of
work that we put into it, but that is what needs to be done.
am not a good loser, but at same time I know we still have plenty of
yearly goals that we can accomplish and my job is to make sure our team
realizes that. We have Houston coming in to Greenville this weekend and
we need to, and expect to play well.
"I was pleased and proud of the way we approached our business (Sunday)
night (at practice). I thought (Sunday) night’s practice was very
The Pirates know the season is all of a sudden on the line. One win and
the Pirates become bowl eligible. Three wins and the squad goes bowling
with a most respectable 8-4 mark.
November will write the regular season's final chapter for these 2012
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