Pirates Conference USA East Division Champs

By: Bill DiNicola
By: Bill DiNicola

The Pirates are Conference USA East Division Champs for the first time and are now headed to the Conference USA Championship game.

The Blazers scored first on a Joe Webb rushing touchdown to make it 7-0. The Pirates answered back with a Patrick Pinkney to Davon Drew touchdown pass to tie it at 7.

ECU had a chance to tie the game on a 43 yard Ben Hartman field goal but it hit the goal post and was no good. UAB also had a chance to go ahead with a 26 yard field goal, but kicker Swayze Waters missed.

ECU had the chance to regain the lead but Hartman missed his second field goal of the night. Waters was able to put one in from 27 yards out to give the Blazers a three point lead.

The Pirates tied it in the third quarter on a 47 yard field goal by Hartman. Waters put the Blazers back in front with a 23 yard field goal.

With around 2:00 to go Brandon Simmons punched it in for the Pirates to take the lead 17-13.

UAB was driving with about 1:20 to go when Pierre Bell intercepted a Webb pass to clinch the victory for the Pirates.

The Pirates will play either Tulsa, Houston or Rice in the championship game.


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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Dec 1, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    Hey deadfish, sorry I'm just getting back to you. To answer your question, our recruiting efforts could be a LOT better! Looking at UNC's recruiting list, I saw maybe ONE 2 star recruit. Us? Half our list! I know Skip's all about finding diamonds in the rough, but let's get some pure diamonds! My big three, as far as ECU's football program goes: 1. Better recruiting, 2. Better regular season/post season records, and 3. a coach that will stay longer than 4 years. We can't get anywhere if we're having to start over every 3 or 4 years from scratch.
  • by Big T Location: greenville on Dec 1, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    No don't agree with the 12-0. I could swallow a good 10-2 or maybe even 11-1 with NO injuries. Also the BCS system wouldn't let a CUSA team be ranked higher than 8 or 9 even with a spotless record. Lets hope we can pull of a win against Tulsa (which is doubtful barring a day like last friday) and a good bowl win to help our recruiting effort. The pressure needs to be put on Skippy but it also needs to be put on Holland. If Skip bolts to Syracuse (Orangemen website says they are positively interested ESPECIALLY given the coaching with all the adversity)I think Holland should surrender any incentives he is due in relation to this season. It's no good to get a good coach if you can't keep a good coach.
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Nov 27, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    Sam's jokes: -ECU>12-0 -#4 or #5= HAH? Sam can you spell delusional or denial? How about spelling realistic or rationale? You'll get rich selling that fertilizer! The farmers around here will line-up for miles!
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Nov 27, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    hey deadfish..obviously you know nothing about college football. If you did, you would realize that unc IS a bcs team. since your know very little about college football, let me tell you the conferences that are bcs. pac-10, big-10, ACC (which includes UNC), big east, big-12 and sec. quit writing posts about your college football knowledge if you have none. Please do your homework. i know a lot more college football. thank you.
  • by Hey Sam Location: Plymouth on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    If you want to use the injury factor (which is a poor excuse) look back at NC State at the beginning of the year. They just became healthy right before their last 3 games (3-0). They actually beat ECU when they had 9 guys on the DL. I guess injuries aren't the only thing bothering ECU, dumb--- decisions as well. Like giving Jonathan WIlliams a scholarship. If ECU should be 4th or 5th in the nation, a few injuries should definately not knock them all the way out of the top 25!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Nov 26, 2008 at 04:22 PM
    Sam you actually think that ECU would be 12-0 if it weren't for the injuries?? You are on the same boat with joepirate when it comes to thinking ECU is the greatest team in football. Injuries are such a lame excuse in sports. After ECU loses to UTEP and probably Tulsa they will be a 7-6 team heading to the Diamond Walnut Bowl. MARK MY WORDS OF WISDOM!
  • by deadfish Location: nc on Nov 26, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    Sam: It doesn't matter if Skip's last name is Holtz or NOT his résumé is NOT thick enough, period. Dave: Syracuse is NOT CFB program it once was. The recruiting will be tougher than it is for Skip Holtz in NC. BTW Syracuse AD Dr. Gross used to be the Asst AD at USC. joepirate: Please do your homework. Some NON BCS schools have one 5 star recruit every once in a while. UNC has at least one. You're right they might not win the conference. The PAC-10 does NOT have a championship game. USC is rated #5. If they don't go to the Rose Bowl they either go to the Fiesta or the Sugar Bowl. You did NOT make a case. Incidentally the PAC-10 has three rated teams. I know a little CFB, thank you. Mr. Barry: Happy turkey to you too, Sir, thank you. I don't have anything against ECU. I still insist you deserve better and your athletic and school administration leadership is a lot to be desired. As I noted earlier your recruiting has improved some but could be better. It is up to you to push Mr.Holtz
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Nov 26, 2008 at 01:02 PM
    If it was not for the injuries and suspensions that the pirates had, they would easily be 12-0, probably # 4 or 5 and headed to a BCS bowl after winning the C-USA championship. Also N.C. State has given the state of NC the title of the worst college football state in the south. Yea they were 4-0 against the state, but 1-6 against out of state schools, with a win over some Division Two school i beleive. ECU is the only school in the state that can actually win a bowl game at least since 2003, when state had Philip Rivers. We beat who could be the ACC and the Big East Champions, so how about that you State fans pulling for a team with a losing record. ECU has got the best record in the state as well.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Nov 26, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    The only way Skip Holtz would leave ECU is if he went to Notre Dame. Way to go pirates and lets take out Houston, Tulsa, or Rice, whoever it ends up being. This goes out to T from Washington, I got your back on the debate buddy.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Nov 26, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    Skip Holtz is going to Syracuse. Bank on it!
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