East Carolina linemen block as Keaton Mitchell (25) receives a handoff from Holton Ahlers during Satuday’s game against Tulane at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

A consensus statement from East Carolina football coach Mike Houston and some players Tuesday was that the Pirates played so well on Saturday in a 52-29 win over Tulane for a 1-0 start in the American Athletic Conference, because of how they practiced last week.

After totaling 150 rushing yards the previous Saturday in a 31-28 win over Football Championship Subdivision opponent Charleston Southern, ECU (3-2) racked up 310 versus Tulane for its most rushing yards in a game since 2007. The Pirates’ total offensive output was 612 yards.

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