Following the loss to UCF coach Montgomery spoke to the press Monday afternoon.

Greenville, N.C.-- East Carolina head coach Scottie Montgomery answered questions on last week's game against UCF and the next game against USF.

The East Carolina Pirates football team has started to prepare for South Florida.

Coach Montgomery noted that in order for things to go smoothly the team must protect the quarterback and that did not happen against the Knights.

Quarterback Gardener Minshew was thrown into the fire after starter Philip Nelson was knocked out the game. Minshew's first career pass was a 75-yard touchdown to Quay Johnson. Minshew then preceded to throw two interceptions, sealing the victory for the Knights.

"He did a great job," Montgomery said. "But when you come into a situation where the offense isn't playing as well as they should be -- we weren't able to run the football this game which put us sometimes in a one-dimensional game and it put too much pressure on Jimmy, too much on Zay, and then it directly puts too much pressure on the quarterback."

After losing at home to UCF 47-29, the Pirates hope to learn from their mistakes and bounce back this Saturday against a 4-1 South Florida squad.

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