After Marvin Townes returned the kick-off for 30 yards, the Pirate offense kicked into gear. Garrard moved the team down the field and Leonard Henry capped off the drive with a 21-yard TD run. Kevin Miller missed the PAT. Pirates up 6-3. A few minutes later, Garrard hooks up with Richard Alston for a 51-yard TD strike to put the Pirates up 13-3.
With under a minute to go in the First Quarter, Garrard threw a screen pass to Art Brown for a 67-yard TD to raise the lead to 20-3. After 3 consecutive Incomplete passes, on 4th-and-10, Garrard hit Gold in Terrance Copper for the first down to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Leonard Henry runs it in to give the Pirates a 27-3 lead going into halftime. At this point Garrard was 12-for-20 with 199 yards and Leonard Henry had 9 carries for 57 yards.
The second half belonged to TCU. On the final play of the First Half, TCU's QB Sean Stilley suffered a "high ankle sprain" and was unable to come out for the Second half. TCU Senior QB Casey Printers, who had been sidelined with a right shoulder injury in their game against Army, took control of the TCU offense. And How!!!
Printers took his team down the field, but was stopped on 4th and 5 at the ECU 8-yard line and turned the ball over on downs. On the first play from scrimmage, David Garrard was going down but tried to be a little too cute on the play by trying a lateral at his own 8-YARD-LINE. The lateral became a fumble and four plays later the Frogs punched in their first of four touchdowns on the night.
After a Kevin Miller Field Goal to put the Pirates up 30-9, TCU's LaTarence Dunbar fumbled the kickoff out of bounds and the Horned Frogs started their drive at the TCU 3-yard-line. Dunbar completed a 34 yard pass to make up for his mistake. On that play, ECU's Antwan Adams suffered a concussion but he seemed to look okay later in the game. Printers capped off a 17 play drive with a 6-yard TD pass to Dunbar to bring the Frogs within 14 on the last play of the 3rd Quarter.
To start the 4th quarter, TCU took a page out of the Steve Logan playbook. The Frogs kickoff became a short jump ball and the Frogs recovered the ball on the ECU 38. Four plays later the Pirate lead was only 7 after a TD run by Madison.
Anthony Adams picked off Printers for a 50 yard Interception return to set up the last ECU score and put the Pirates up 37-23.
Printers brought the Frogs back down the field going 6-for-11 for 82 yards, including a 16 yard pass on 4th and 10. Frogs within 7.
Again the Frogs execute a perfect onside kick and Printers starts to use his magic. On 4th & 1, he hits Madise for a 16-yd pass. On a 4th & 10, he hits Schobel for a 18-yd strike. The Frogs now are 1st and Goal at the 10. Printers goes to the air 4 straight times and the Pirate defense holds to seal the victory.
Leonard Henry rushed for 96 yards and 3 TD's. He just missed his 7th straight 100-yard rushing game, but did go over 1,000 yards for the season. He leads C-USA in rushing and is the first player since Scott Harley in 1996 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. David Garrard threw for 221 yards and had 2 TD passes. His 58 career Touchdown passes match Marcus Crandell for the school record.
Let's just hope that I can leave my nitroglycerin at home for the rest of the season.