"Lordy mercy, I hope everybody got their money's worth," an exasperated Logan led off with. Of course, Logan was addressing his ECU squad's 30-point first half lead that dissipated -then evaporated- into Marshall's incredible 64-61 double-overtime win in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Wednesday night.
"It's the strangest football team I've ever coached," said ECU coach Steve Logan of his team's meltdown in the GMAC Bowl. The scoreboard at Ladd-Peebles Stadium told the tale of Logan's woes.
"Every game this season, we've started out by putting anywhere from 28 to 38 points on the board in the first half, with the exception of one game, we could not close it," Logan added. Wednesday night was no exception to ECU's rare trait of running up huge first-half leads, only to have those leads disappear into losses. East Carolina had outscored opponents in the first quarter this season 133-25. The Pirates' 21-0 run on Marshall was only fitting, then.
However, ECU also carried on their season-long tradition of watching those huge leads turn into slim losses. Which perplexes Logan, to no end.
"It's the strangest football team I've ever coached," Logan continued. "I said, 'Guys, here we are again (at halftime)'," said Logan. "When our quarterback came out and threw the first snap going the other way, that was the beginning of a lot of things."
Those things turned into Marshall's 28-3 drubbing of the Pirates in the third quarter, closing the gap. Then, the now-infamous slide that lead to Marshall's Darius Watts going high to grab the game-tying touchdown, the ensuing two overtimes, and the three-point loss in a game that was characterized by the 125 combined points on the still-smoking scoreboard at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Logan was truly exasperated. Maybe -just maybe- Logan has seen his team drop the proverbial ball for the last time. Asked if he thinks he'll ever see a game like this again, Logan's answer was short and sweet.
"I better not," the coach summed up. "We need to go on to something else now."
The media-types gave out a chuckle, and then proceeded to write the stories that would forever document a game that will go down in history as one of the best college bowl games every played. It surely will.