Pirate Nation certainly did not see this coming; the Pirates are now a dismal 2-5, and 0-3 in the AAC, and to make it worse, those five losses have all been consecutive.
The Pirates came out flat in the first half, converting on only a single field goal and they gave up 14 points and trailed 14-3 at halftime.
But ECU came out firing in the second half . In just three plays, senior quarterback Phillip Nelson drove ECU down the field and capped the drive off with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Williams.
Williams had his number called again late, as the Pirates miraculously converted on fourth down with a 37-yard Nelson-to-Williams touchdown, which brought ECU to within just five points in the fourth quarter. Following the touchdown, ECU went for two, but failed.
East Carolina seemed to be gaining a lot of momentum and was poised to make a comeback. However, Cincinnati did not feel the same way. With just under three minutes left, Cincinnati put the nail in the coffin when Gunner Kiel threw his fourth touchdown of the day for the Bearcats.
ECU continues to struggle with getting pressure on quarterbacks or bringing any pressure for that matter. Kiel, who has been known to poorly handle pressure, had a monster game with 348 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
It is very hard to win when you cannot generate a pass rush.
As dissapointing as the loss was, ECU cannot hang their heads. Walking off the field as the loser once again has to be a debilitating feeling. But the Pirates must persevere and bounce back next week at home against Connecticut.