Monday's Notes

"Stuff happens", was how Steve Logan described his Pirate team's 21-19 loss to unheralded Wake Forest. What happened was that the Deacon's beat the "stuff" out of the Pirates. In a game that had its share of big plays, the real story was in the trenches.

With the win, Wake Forest significantly enhances its chances of a winning season, while ECU will have to regroup and prepare for a must win Conference USA game with Tulane in New Orleans this Saturday.

Heading into next week's contest the major concern for the ECU coaching staff should be the line play – on both sides of the ball. Defensively, the Pirates' front was manhandled by the Wake Forest, giving up 294 total rushing yards on 68 carries in the contest (4.32 net yards per carry). By contrast, the Pirate offensive ground game netted a total of just 63 yards on 25 attempts for a paltry 2.52 yards per carry average. The only real running success for ECU came on option plays to the outside.

On passing plays, David Garrard was consistently under pressure from the Deacons' rush. Despite the intense heat, Garrard made some big plays, but he was also sacked several times, one resulting in a huge loss and another a fumble.

There were some bright spots for the Pirates however, most notably the performance of punter Jarad Preston and the kick coverage teams. The junior college transfer punted the ball six times against Wake Forest for an average of 43.7 yards. Obviously Logan was pleased with the effort, "I think Jarad got off to a good start and I hope that becomes normal. That was a much better punter and punt team than we had in place last year. I'm crossing my fingers that's the way it stays."

In his post-game remarks Steve Logan stated that he thought he saw "two good teams" in action. That remains inconclusive at this point, but was is conclusive is that any hope of an undefeated season for the Pirates was stuffed Saturday night.

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