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ECU's Justin Hardy looks to put the ball across the goalline on his way to a touchdown as UAB's attempts to tackle him during the first half of their game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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ECU's Justin Hardy looks to put the ball across the goalline on his way to a touchdown as UAB's attempts to tackle him during the first half of their game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Pirates get ugly win over UAB

“I told (the players) last week, ‘Just win,’ and if it was pretty, fine, but I’ll take an ugly win just as quick as the next person.”

Ruffin McNeill
ECU football coach

By Nathan Summers

The Daily Reflector

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Winning ugly was the only option for East Carolina on Saturday against visiting UAB, so that’s what the Pirates did.

ECU overcame a seemingly no-win situation, tying a program-worst with seven turnovers but holding the Blazers at bay long enough to hang on for a 28-23 win, the Pirates’ first victory this season.


“I told (the players) last week, ‘Just win,’ and if it was pretty, fine, but I’ll take an ugly win just as quick as the next person,” said ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill, who said he’d never been part of that many turnovers in his 30 years in the game. “They were as hungry for a victory as we were.”

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ECU vs UAB

It's great to win one, but seven turnovers against the Tar Heels will lead to a different result. JuCo fumbles should not be a surprise; there's always a reason for a player starting his career in a junior college. But how does a quarterback who led the nation in touchdown passes a year ago suddenly become one of the nation's leaders in interceptions thrown? The one sure way to keep a player's turnovers from hurting the team is to bench him. We saw the results of not taking that kind of action when we played Navy last year, and we will see it again if we continue to value flash and dazzle over keeping the football. On a positive note, the coaching staff did indeed show up for the UAB game. For the first time in recent memory, they were not out-coached by their opponents. The question is, will they back up their anti-turnover rhetoric with the solid disciplinary action that a confident coaching staff would impose?

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