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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