Zay Jones (© James Guillroy/USA Today)

Navy's triple-option offense proves to be too much for ECU defense

Greenville N.C. -- ECU lost its final home game of the season Saturday and sent the seniors out on a sour note. Navy's rushing attack absolutely manhandled the Pirates' defense and won in dominating fashion 66-31.

Saturday was supposed to be a special night for ECU and their seniors. Zay Jones, James Summers, and JT Boyd (among others) stepped on the hallowed grounds of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for the last time.

After a hot start where ECU scored early in the first quarter, things quickly cooled down for the Pirates as the triple-option read from Navy's offense stumped the players and the coaching staff.

Both members of Navy's backfield had over 100 yards rushing, and at one point, Navy put up 38 unanswered points.

The good news from this game is that Zay Jones surpassed former ECU receiver Justin Hardy on the all-time receptions list. On the day, Jones had over 200 receiving yards and touchdown.

Zay's performance was probably the only thing ECU can hold their heads high about, even though his performance was just that -- his own individual performance. James Summers also rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown.

The person who was throwing those touchdowns was not senior quarterback Philip Nelson. Instead, it was sophomore Gardner Minshew. Despite another bad performance from ECU, Minshew, who will most likely return as a the starter next year, had a solid outing. Minshew completed 16-of-25 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

It is a real shame that ECU was unable muster up a game plan to at least challenge Navy's running game. The seniors who have been here for many highs of the program, finished their careers on a low note.

It is hard to imagine that the seniors saw their careers ending the way things did on Saturday.


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