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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Brian Bailey

Getting it done with Bubbas

By Brian Bailey
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Bailey: Getting it done with Bubbas
O'Brien: C-USA's crown jewel is in Greenville
BVL: BCS Standings
BVL: Harris, Associated Press & Coaches Polls
BVL: Pirates overpower Spartans says that “Bubba” is strictly a southern term for brother, usually used by the younger sibling.

I’ve always thought of a “Bubba” as a really big, fun-loving guy. Bubba Smith was a former star with the Colts, and was one of the original Miller Lite All-Stars in the commercials. I believe John Madden also liked to us the nickname “Bubba” for lineman from time to time.

A couple of East Carolina’s “Bubbas” came through big time this past weekend, adding their own little chapter to the ECU-Southern Miss series.

First, big Linval Joseph, all 6-6, 322 pounds of “Bubba,” dived in from a yard out for a touchdown early in the game. The Pirates were having trouble earlier in the year around the goal line, so in came Joseph to help clear the way.

This time, though, Joseph got to actually run the football. The big fella took that handoff and simply would not be denied. Touchdown Pirates!

Joseph looked just like an original “Bubba,” William “Refrigerator” Perry with the Chicago Bears in the 80’s.

"It was great to see Joseph go over the top,” said Pirate coach Skip Holtz. “I didn't put a 320-pound guy in there to go over the top, I kind of wanted him to go through it. He did a great job, though.”

Joseph’s touchdown was a called play. C.J. Wilson made his own play.

I joked with Coach Holtz in an earlier press conference about giving the ball to Wilson around the goal line.

Wilson is headed to the NFL as a defensive end. In high school, though, C.J. was an outstanding tailback at Northside High School in Beaufort County.

C.J. Wilson has made plenty of big plays in his career at East Carolina. But he’ll now be best known for one long sprint against Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles had just scored a touchdown and needed a simple extra point to take a one-point lead in this Conference USA East Division winner-take-all showdown.

That’s when another “Bubba” came to the rescue. Wilson shot his gap, blocked the extra point, knocked down the Golden Eagles holder, kicked the football forward, scooped up the pigskin and ran it all the way in for two points for ECU.

Instead of trailing 21-20, the Pirates had a 22-20 lead that they would never relinquish.

“We had worked on that all week,” said Wilson. “I just shot through my gap and got my hands up. I like running the ball, just like in high school.”

Wilson said the Pirate masses in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium helped him make it the distance.

“I could hear the crowd getting louder so I just kept running,” he said with a huge grin.

It was ECU's biggest two-point conversion since Jeff Blake slipped through on the option to beat Pitt way back in 1991!

Speaking of “Bubbas,” how about some love to the East Carolina offensive line. The Pirates are tied for third nationally in sacks allowed this season. Boise State is first, Stanford is second and then East Carolina is third, tied with Georgia Tech and Nevada.

The Pirate offensive line has given up just nine sacks in the team’s twelve games.

Pirates set to host title tilt

Saturday’s atmosphere for the East Carolina-Southern Miss game was one of the most electric I can remember. It was hard to believe that it was a holiday weekend, because the fans came out in force.

Now, the Pirate faithful will get another chance to cheer.

"I think hosting this championship game and to keep with the momentum of the program is huge,” said Coach Holtz. “That's something the seniors have looked at as their legacy. I don't think there's any doubt that they left it much better than they found it. That's something we have harped on.”

Just like last year against Tulsa, the matchup in the championship game features two teams with very different styles. Once again, it’s the gun slinging west against the blue collar east for the title.

"This is very similar to last year's game in a lot of respects," said Holtz. "Statistically, the offenses are very similar, but the two styles are very different. Tulsa ran the motion and did it all by formations and gadgets. Houston is only going to line up in a couple formations.

"I don't think Houston ever sits down and watches opponents' game film. Houston can go out and run its offense on air. They do what they do. But yes, the numbers are very similar to Tulsa last year."

The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

Championship Saturday in college football will feature a stop in our neck of the woods for the first time. It should truly be something special.


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