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ECU looks to bounce back at Virginia Tech after a tough loss at USC

GREENVILLE, NC-- Despite dominating most of the game, the Pirates could not overcome a slow start and costly turnovers at South Carolina. They will look to get back on track at Virginia Tech this weekend.

The South Carolina Gamecocks came out of the gates ready to play on Saturday and jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead, while the Pirates looked a step behind early in the game.

East Carolina spent the remainder of the afternoon trying to claw their way back into the game. They eventually put themselves in the position to win, but costly turnovers in the red zone proved to be crucial and the Pirates weren't able to make the plays they needed to in the end.

The crowd and the environment in Columbia certainly seemed to have an impact on the slow start for the Pirates in what was their first road game of the season. It took a while for ECU to get comfortable.

Things don't get any easier this weekend when the Pirates travel to Virginia Tech.

Lane Stadium in Blacksburg is one of the toughest places to play in the entire country. Hopefully, after experiencing a tough crowd in Columbia, the Pirates can avoid a slow start against the Hokies and be ready to go at kickoff.

Along with the slow start, the Pirates will look to make up for their four turnovers.

Against South Carolina, they dominated offensively, outgaining the Gamecocks 519 to 312, but they couldn't punch it in the end zone when they needed to because of costly turnovers.

Coach Montgomery will certainly be focused on correcting those mistakes throughout the week in practice.

Coach Mo addressed these mistakes in today's press conference.

"The tape showed exactly what the tape showed," he said. "The biggest issue is that we had physical errors a lot more than mental errors. Guys take that to heart."

The Pirates are attacking this week of practice and it will be interesting to see how they come out on Saturday against the Hokies.

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