Erin Summers

Simply put, ECU outplayed UNC

Posted September 28, 2013

Lance Ray (3) runs in for a touchdown during play at Kenan Stadium between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the East Carolina Pirates on Septempber 28, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

The weather may have been the only thing that was good in Chapel Hill for the light blue Saturday. The East Carolina Pirates have waited a long time for a game like they had in Kenan Stadium Saturday, and they couldn't have put together a much better one.

East Carolina hadn’t won in Chapel Hill since 1975 - and that was the only time they had done so before Saturday. There have been some close match-ups over the years - including a tie in 1979 - but none have ever featured the dominance, especially early, they showed Saturday. East Carolina routs UNC, 55-31 Slideshow: East Carolina routs UNC, 55-31

The Pirates jumped out to a quick lead, scoring on their opening drive after a Shane Carden six-yard pass. Carden had two more passing touchdowns and three rushing on the day for a 398-yard, 6-touchdown performance.

It wasn’t just the fact that the Pirates offense was chugging along like a well-oiled machine, on the ground and in the air, but that the North Carolina defense was handing them extra yards on almost every other drive.

The Tar Heels had nine penalties for 94 yards - multiple times they were hit with pass interference calls. Add that to a number of missed tackles and it wasn’t the most brilliant defensive performance from the Heels.

To their credit, North Carolina’s offense did not stop pushing. Not after an early Bryn Renner interception set up a Pirate touchdown, not after continually accruing more penalty yards than rushing and not after coming out of the break with a quick three-and-out.

Renner made some big plays in the second half, connecting with Quinshad Davis on a 56-yard pass for a touchdown and ending the day with over 300 passing yards. But the early lead the Pirates grabbed was too much for the offense to overcome.

Defensively the penalties stopped for North Carolina, as did the touchdowns for ECU. In the fourth quarter the North Carolina D held ECU to two field goals on two drives. It was the first field goals the Pirates had to settle for all game. And though the Pirates were still 8-for-8 in the redzone on the day, and scored another touchdown late, it’s the small victories you look for in games like Saturday if you are the Tar Heels.

The game in Chapel Hill was ECU’s first road game on the year, making for quite a happy bus ride home.

North Carolina looks ahead to a road match-up with Virginia Tech and a home game against Miami with a lot to work on. 

A 1-5 start for the team in blue, dismissed as a thought  heading into the season, now looks to be quite possible.

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  • ciscopack Sep 30, 11:00 a.m.

    ECU kicked rear end and took names!

  • Gunnstigator Sep 29, 10:02 p.m.

    Wow, how many times can you mention the penalties? Whine much? Holes got their rears whipped. ... View More

    — Posted by johnnyaudit

    The heels got their tails whipped. There, I said it:(

    @ tcoutouzis:

    ECU DOES deserve all the credit for this win. They came ready to play, and the Heels did not. Fedora was out coached and the Heels were out played on both sides of the ball. Congrats on the well deserved win.

  • tcoutouzis Sep 29, 12:51 p.m.

    I wish they would allow you to edit your comment on the opinion pieces. I meant to say that you did not "compliment" ECU, but rather apologized for UNC.

  • tcoutouzis Sep 29, 12:47 p.m.

    I have to admit that the article seemed more like you were apologizing for UNC rather than congratulating and complementing the Pirates for dominating the game.

  • tcoutouzis Sep 29, 12:30 p.m.

    There was no other way to look at it. The UNC fans that I watched the game with in Kenan simply said that we kicked their b_tts. They said that the Pirates were the much better team. They said that UNC was outcoached and outplayed in every facet of the game.

    If they can admit it, then you can too. I have admitted when we got our teeth kicked in by Carolina.

  • JACKSON THIS IS OUR STATE SAWYER Sep 29, 10:41 a.m.

    you can tell she is a carolina homer- she made excuse after excuse - it was a total domination-- she is from Cary-- nuff said!!!

  • Sauras69 Sep 29, 9:52 a.m.

    A solid beat down. 603 total yards. Wow.

  • KTs Choo Choo Train Engineering Sep 29, 8:47 a.m.

    Wow, how many times can you mention the penalties? Whine much? Holes got their rears whipped. ... View More

    — Posted by johnnyaudit

    That's all Erin Summers seems to do. She's a kerliner homer through-and-through. Hey WRAL can we please get some more of Logan's columns instead of this schlock?

  • highdesert2006 Sep 28, 6:56 p.m.

    Simply put? Really?...totally dominated more like it in spite of the TDs UNC managed to post, the total lack of a defense on the part of UNC was incredible...given this display of ineptitude, UNC may...possibly...win only one more game, against ODU, and I don't mean to insult ODU...I cannot express my absolute dismay at the complete absence of any sign of a competent defense on the part of UNC...dismiss the defensive coordinator...congrats to ECU, they were impressive, very impressive and should have an amazing season going forward. BTW, I'm a UNC grad...on old grad ('65) and have watched this kind of disappointing play by UNC for way too long!!!

  • davenportj Sep 28, 5:48 p.m.

    603 yds. ECU moved the ball most of the game. Penalties means what UNC beat their selves. really? V T had a time with the pirates. no one believe that the game was to be a cakewalk unless you blue. And those fans are really BLUE now

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