Pirates to watch: OL-Brain Rimpf, LB-Chris Moore, QB-Desmond Robinson, OL-Doug White
WVU - Tim Brown (Achilles) Out, Jahmile Addae(Shoulder) Doubtful, Quincy Wilson (Leg) Probable, Rasheed Marshall (Stomach) Probable.
East Carolina - Derek Helms (knee) Out, Eric Johnson (knee) Out, Garett Peterkin (back) Out, Erode Jean (ankle) Doubtful, Tutu Moye (knee) Questionable, Antonie Nealy (elbow) Questionable, Lou Sesay (ankle) Questionable, Sammie Walden (shoulder) Questionable.
WVU 0-0, 0-1
ECU 0-1, 0-1
Sat: 9/6 7:00 pm
Series: WVU 12-2
Sagarin: WVU-62 ECU-84
Stats & Trends
In 2002 the ECU defense was porous at best and after their performance against Cincinnati it looks like more of the same in 2003. The Bearcats racked up 370 yards rushing, producing two 100+ yard rushing performances. With new head coach John Thompson (didn't he coach basketball?) at the helm, the defense should improve over the next year or so, but with five days to prepare for WVU's spread offense, Quincy Wilson and Rasheed Marshall could have a big day.
Pirate linebacker Chris Moore (6-1, 220, So) is the real deal. He had 24 tackles and 1 forced fumble against the Bearcats, but could be in for a long day attempting to stop the Mountaineer rushing attack.
WVU defense vs. Pirates offense
This will be an interesting match-up for the Blue and Gold. The Pirates have a very solid offensive line that features All-American candidate Brian Rimpf (6-6, 324, Sr) along with seniors Doug White (6-1, 308, Sr), Brian Fox (6-3, 302, Sr), Brandon Pope (6-4, 282, Sr ) and junior Charlie Dempsey (6-3, 300, Jr). With ECU havinng one of the top offensive lines in Conference USA, talented running back Art Brown was looking forward to a big season until a preseason injury sent him to the sidelines for the season. Against Cincinnati, Marvin Townes (6-0, 194, Jr) got the nod at running back but struggled, averaging 2.4 yards per carry. With that type of performance, coach Thompson could use the running back by committee method against WVU. Junior Kevin Fain or freshman Robert Tillman could see action if townes continues to have problems.
The passing game is lead by a two-headed monster at quarterback. Desmond Robinson (5-10, 207, Jr ) entered the season as the starter and went 7-11 for 70 yards with one interception before being replaced by Paul Troth (6-5, 222, Jr ). Troth did not fare much better, completing 9-15 for 76 yards while being sacked 3 times.
Catching passes from this quarterback duo will be All-Conference candidate, Terrance Cooper (6-0, 211, Sr) and Damarcus Fox (5-8, 177, Jr). Cooper caught 11 passes last week for 106 yards, the first 100-yard game of his ECU career.
WVU special teams vs. Pirates special teams
Although the Pirates are fielding new special teams players, they were able to meet the challenge against the Bearcats on Monday. Kicker Cameron Broadwell (6-3, 200, Jr) was successful on his first attempt of the season (36 yards) while Punter Ryan Dougherty (6-1, 211, Fr ) saw action eight times, averaging an excellent 45.2 yards with his long being 65 yards.
Returning kickoffs and punts for ECU will be Fox and Cooper, respectively. Both returnmen are speedy and can take the rock to the house at any time.
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* WVU is 3-0 on September 6th. WVU last played on September 6th in 1997 versus ECU, a 24-17 WVU victory.
* ECU's roster shows 57 players from North Carolina.
* WVU's Oliver Luck completed 32 passes against ECU in 1981.
* East Carolina adopted the nickname, "Pirates" in 1934. Before then their teams where known as the "Teachers".
Be sure to check out our Stats & Trends section for lots more matchup information!
Considering East Carolina has only five days to prepare for the Mountaineers after a Monday game at Cincinnati, this game should be a blow out, but it won't be. WVU has never fared well against the Pirates on their home field. The Blue and Gold will struggle in the first half but will prevail in the end.
WVU - 30 East Carolina - 20