Gardner Minshew (© Derik Hamilton/USA Today)

Inside ECU Sports breaks down key takeaways from Saturday's loss to Temple

ECU closed out the 2016 football season this past Saturday with a 37-10 loss to the Temple Owls in Philadelphia. Inside ECU Sports shares its four takeaways from the loss.

Well Pirate Nation, that's all she wrote. The 2016 season has reached its conclusion, and ECU finishes the year with a 27-point loss to Temple, which dropped the Pirates to a dismal 3-9 on the season. 

The first takeaway from the game was the absolute clinic Temple put on with their rushing attack. Temple's senior running back Jahah Thomas finished the day 162 yards with two touchdowns. Furthermore, Temple did have a touchdown reception all game.

The second takeaway was the "stalling" factor the offense exhibited. Every time the offense would show signs of life, they became stymied by the Temple defense. Gardner Minshew, who started for ECU, did not surpass the 200-yard mark by the end of the night, which reflects the struggles of the offense. Minshew will be back next year and have the chance to be the centerpiece of the offense. We will have to wait and see how he develops.

The third takeaway from the game was that ECU was severely overmatched from a talent standpoint for the second week in a row. Not to disparage the efforts of ECU, however, it was clear that Temple was in the driver's seat the whole game. The same scenario was apparent two weekends ago when Navy came into Dowdy-Ficklen and blew away the Pirates. Ironically, Temple plays Navy in the AAC conference game. 

The fourth takeaway was that it was sad to see Zay Jones' career end. Jones, who has the most receptions in college football history, had a very quiet 61 yards on seven receptions. Now, all ECU fans have are stories and memories of Jones.


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