Pirates Off To A Slow Start In 2009

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- East Carolina hasn't looked quite like everyone expected to start the season.

The Pirates (1-2) have lost games at West Virginia and North Carolina, and had to sweat out a tougher-than-it-should've-been win against Appalachian State. Now East Carolina is preparing to host UCF to open its Conference USA title defense Saturday.

Coach Skip Holtz says his players need to take charge if they want to change the course of the season, which has been marked most by the offense's shaky play. East Carolina still hasn't scored a second-half touchdown and has been outscored 41-5 after the break.

Meanwhile, the defense has been allowing too many big pass plays, including a 59-yard touchdown throw in the first half against the Tar Heels.

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  • by WISEGUY Location: ON THE PAMLICO on Sep 23, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    I'm an ECU grad and really enjoy college..BUT...We haven't been consistent winners for a long time and I mean going back decades. We should be dominating C-USA every year. And why didn't we address this poor lack of offense earlier in the year. This team reminds me of the Carolina Panther and the Dallas Cowboys...gets you all excited and then breaks your heart. Some programs are getting it right. Why don't we?
  • by pirate fan Location: winterville on Sep 22, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    Good news is the spread has ecu by 11. the problem is we have not met the spread yet
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 22, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    "Coach Skip Holtz says his players need to take charge if they want to change the course of the season" Exactly! Starting putting some feet to your opponents throat and stop trying to just coast in the 2nd half!
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Sep 21, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    Read this Pirate fans about ECU joining the Big East. It seems for real, but the Pirates need to win some games to make it happen. http://www.thebullspen.com/index.php?action=printpage;topic=63116.0
  • by ECU4Me Location: Greenville on Sep 21, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    6-6 here we come.

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