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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Monday, September 2, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates


ECU-Duke post-game notes and quick takes


Sooner or later it had to happen. Duke was going to win a football game.  The Pirates were hoping it would come later rather than sooner.  It came sooner rather than later.

Duke 23, ECU 16.

Give the Blue Devils credit. Coach Carl Franks had his team ready to play.

No one epitomized that more than Alex Wade. Nine straight carries in the fourth quarter to set up the final field goal.  Like a human battering ram, the big fella punished the Pirates time and time again en route to 109 yards rushing.

That Duke drive reminded me of a wishbone team that just pounds away consuming time off the clock as it puts a game away.  It was old fashioned football.  Woody Hayes would have loved it.


  • Sometimes stats lie, sometimes they don’t. The one that almost never lies is turnovers.  The Pirates had four, Duke had none. Game, set, match Blue Devils. Last year the Pirates ended the season minus ten in the turnover department.  Saturday night didn’t help reverse that trend.

  • The Pirates couldn’t run the ball and that was perplexing. Twenty five yards net rushing?  This team has to do better than that.

  • Paul Troth played his heart out and shows promise, but he needs the help of a good running game as he develops.

  • The defense shows signs of being better. Chris Moore, the freshman linebacker, had a sparkling debut with twelve tackles, four behind the line of scrimmage.

This week will be an interesting one to see how this team responds.  It will be both a mental and physical challenge.  The week started at two o’clock Sunday afternoon with team meetings.  The focus was on getting better and getting ready for Wake Forest Saturday night in Winston Salem at 6:30.

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