James Summers (© James Guillroy/USA Today)

4 takeaways from East Carolina's win over NC State

GREENVILLE, NC -- This past Saturday, East Carolina took down NC State 33-30. Here are 4 downs for 4 takeaways from Saturday's win.

First Down

First-year head coach Scottie Montgomery has done a lot to prove himself to his team and Pirate Nation.

After last season when East Carolina made the decision to let go head coach Ruffin McNeill, many Pirate fans were upset about the decision and questioned if Scottie Montgomery would be a worthy replacement.

It's obviously a long season, but after a 2-0 start and defeating in-state rival NC State, I haven't heard anyone questioning him. Coach Montgomery has brought energy and excitement to the program and is off to a great start.

Second Down

Running back Anthony Scott is a legitimate receiving threat.

The East Carolina offense has made getting Anthony Scott involved in the passing game out of the backfield a big part of their game plan. It worked very well for them in the first game against Western Carolina and the success continued against NC State.

Scott finished the game with six catches for 49 yards and one touchdown, which was his third touchdown reception on the year. Scott has also been strong on the ground, which makes him even harder for defenses to handle.

Third Down

The "Wildcat" package with James Summers subbed in at quarterback works.

Offensive utility player James Summers lined up all over the field on Saturday. He made his biggest impact when in at quarterback with two big touchdown runs. He had 41 total yards on the ground and a 39-yard reception.

This Wildcat package gives the Pirate offense an opportunity to get very creative and is a tough thing for opponents to prepare for during the week. Summers has a great arm in addition to his running ability, which is something the Pirates could catch opposing defenses off guard with in the future.

Fourth Down

After a lot of transition within the program, Pirate Nation continues to prove their loyalty to East Carolina football. 50,719 fans attended Saturday's game, which was the second largest attendance for a home game in ECU history.

The stadium had an electric atmosphere and certainly helped the Pirates get the win. They will be on the road the next two weeks traveling to South Carolina and the Virginia Tech, but the Pirates will be eager to get back home and play in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

If Pirate Nation continues to come out the way they did on Saturday, East Carolina will have a home field advantage that will make it tough for any visiting team to leave Greenville with a win.


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