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ECU-TULANE: Three takeaways


East Carolina tries to pressure Tulane quarterback Jonathan Banks in Greenville, Nov. 11, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Sunday, November 12, 2017

East Carolina fell to 2-8 on Saturday night in tough fashion with a 31-24 home overtime loss to Tulane. Here are three takeaways:

JMU-Tulane double: This loss hurt for the Pirates because it happened in overtime and they came up a yard short in the process. But big picture, East Carolina losing at home to an FCS team (James Madison) and Tulane in the same season is simply not a good look. I’m an American Athletic Conference guy and there are some promising programs in the league, but Tulane is not one of them. James Madison and Tulane were both favored and both came into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and left victorious. There’s simply no hiding from that.

Bad matchup: To somewhat backtrack on the previous point, this was a bad matchup for the Pirates and Cincinnati should be a better one. ECU has historically struggled against the option and mobile quarterbacks. The Green Wave took advantage with senior running back Dontrell Hilliard going for a career-high 189 yards (6.8 per carry) and two touchdowns, and quarterback Jonathan Banks ran 12 times for 96 yards (8.0 average) and also two TDs. Tulane at least has an identity with its unique shotgun run-option attack, and it also has some top-notch defensive backs who made plays all night. The Green Wave deserves credit for sticking to what it does best.

Shout-outs: As rough a night as it was for East Carolina, running back Hussein Howe was a big standout in excelling against a weak run defense and giving the Pirates their first 100-yard rusher of the season (14 carries, 108 yards). He showed quality burst and elusiveness. The offensive line also played a role in the run game for sure. Freshman linebacker Aaron Ramseur continues to make plays — he had a key second-half interception and seven tackles — and graduate transfer safety Korrin Wiggins finally looked like a difference-maker and played as aggressive and physical as he has all season.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


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November 17, 2018

These three questions appeared in The Daily Reflector’s Pirate Gameday section previewing the Connecticut at East Carolina football game for ECU’s senior day.

Check back after the 7 p.m. game (on CBS Sports Network) for the answers and more insight.

1. Which East Carolina running back…


November 17, 2018

East Carolina and Connecticut are both starving for a football win, and one of the clubs is bound to achieve that feeling tonight inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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November 17, 2018

Q: You are an emotional guy. Who else on the team gets really hyped and loud before games?

A: I definitely have to say D’Ante Smith and probably Matt Morgan on the offensive line. Matt is like my hype man. But as a whole (team), there really are guys across the board who get into it and get…


November 16, 2018

East Carolina basketball was frigid from the field on Friday night at Georgia Tech, suffering a 79.54 setback to the Yellow Jackets after the Pirates shot a paltry 35.6 percent from the floor.

ECU (2-2) saw its record evened after a pathetic 2-for-17 showing from three-point range to go with a 10-…


November 16, 2018

Southern Miss athletics director Jon Gilbert is potentially emerging as a lead candidate in East Carolina’s search for a new AD, although Southern Miss athletics spokesman Jack Duggan said Friday afternoon that he was not aware of Gilbert leaving for another job.

Multiple sources have…


November 16, 2018

East Carolina’s basketball team scrimmaged Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Wake Forest and N.C. State during the preseason.

Tonight’s game at ACC member Georgia Tech will count toward the Pirates’ win-loss record.

ECU (2-1), which has one win ever against an ACC team when it…


November 15, 2018

Coaches Scottie Montgomery and Randy Edsall sound similar at this point in the college football season.

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SMU UConn Football

November 15, 2018

Two important elements to Saturday night’s East Carolina football game are that the struggling Pirates (2-7) are favored against Connecticut (1-9), and that it is senior day at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

ECU has been the underdog in all but two games this season. It was nearly a two-touchdown…


November 14, 2018

With East Carolina football still seeking its first American Athletic Conference win of the season and many fans in Pirate Nation upset with the results by third-year coach Scottie Montgomery and the Pirates, ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton released a statement late Wednesday afternoon saying that an…


November 14, 2018

The score was tied only briefly Wednesday night in Minges Coliseum for women’s basketball action.

East Carolina and Grand Canyon were deadlocked, 24-24, for exactly 12 seconds before ECU produced a game-changing rally late in the second quarter and the Pirates stayed in front the rest of the…

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