Zay Jones (© James Guillroy/USA Today)

Takeaways from the Pirates' 55-31 loss against SMU

This past weekend, East Carolina was shell-shocked in a conference matchup against SMU. Below are some takeaways in the game consisted of careless mistakes, penalties, and poor execution.

  • Penalties and careless mistakes continued to plague the offense and defense. Whether it was a holding penalty stalling the offenses' drives or if it was a defensive penalty putting SMU in scoring position, ECU could not overcome numerous mistakes. The Pirates also continued to struggle with pad level and tackling.
  •   James Summers was the difference-maker for the Pirates in the game. When Summers was on the field, it gave the defense something else to worry about. The former quarterback, who has converted to running back, racked up yards keeping the Pirates alive in the first half.  However, SMU's defense made it much tougher on him in the second half and it was hard for him to maintain a high level of play.
  • The Pirates gruesomely lost the turnover battle to the Mustangs. ECU threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and fumbled the ball four times, giving up possession of the ball twice.
  • The absence of senior wide receiver Zay Jones throughout the game was somewhat of a setback. SMU did a good job at containing him and stopping some of the quick passes he usually catches. Jones was did not seem in sync with either quarterback. Even though Jones had a team high 12 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown, ECU's offense never really got going.

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