Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Friday, October 18, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
ECU Homecomings flavored by wins and old friends
The best thing about homecoming games is the chance to see
old friends at the football game.
I can’t tell you how many former Pirate football players and
former students have come by during the past 18 East Carolina homecomings
that I’ve been a part of. In fact, one of my best friends, who once served
an internship under me, is coming in with his son this weekend. He's an ECU
grad who wants to make it an annual tradition, to bring his son to the
ECU homecoming game.
Homecoming has been very good to the Pirates. East Carolina
has won 13 consecutive homecoming games and is 40-7 all-time in homecoming
The Pirates will need a big crowd to help out in a bid for a
fourteenth straight homecoming win. South Florida is a very good football
team. The Bulls bring a 4-2 record into the match up.
“I think this will be more of a measuring stick,” said
Pirate Coach Steve Logan. “Coming off the Army game, we still really don’t
know where we are. This is a good team, and we should learn a lot about
ourselves in this game.”
Odds makers originally liked South Florida in this game, by
as muchas 2 ½ points. However, the money this week has been on East
Carolina, moving the “line” in this game to “pick-em” or even. Late this
week the Pirates became a 1-point favorite.
Garrard now battle-tested pro
Former Pirate quarterback David Garrard made his official National Football
League debut on Sunday. Garrard came in for the injured Mark Brunnell for
the Jacksonville Jaguars and scored a couple of touchdowns on the ground.
Unfortunately, Garrard’s first NFL pass was an interception.
However, the holder of most of ECU's quarterbacking records kept his
composure and played a very solid second half.
“I was really just trying to do whatever I could to help my
team win,” said Garrard. “You prepare all week to play, just in case. But
actually getting in and playing is very different.”
Garrard was 4-7 through the air for 53 yards and two
interceptions in the game. He had runs of 4 and 41 yards for touchdowns in
Keys to beating South Florida
The two primary factors which will decide this homecoming game are turnovers
and running the football.
If the Pirates lose the turnover battle, they will lose, and
if they can’t establish a solid ground game, they will lose.
“Southern Miss couldn’t run the ball on these guys,” said
Logan. “They (the Golden Eagles) tend to go straight at it with the running
game. We like to do a little more finesse and angle blocking, so maybe we’ll
have more success.”
The Bulls have an outstanding front seven, featuring several
players whom Logan believes could be playing the SEC.
“They have some great players, some outstanding athletes,”
explained Logan. “They will provide quite a challenge. It will be some kind
If you’re heading back to campus this weekend, "Happy
Homecoming!" Enjoy yourself, because there is nothing like a Fall Saturday
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