2009 ECU Game Analysis: Hokies Grind Out Road Win

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I
didn’t make it down to Greenville this time, but I’m told that the environment
was “interesting” and the home team was jacked. Maybe they were a bit
too jacked. ECU put a lot into this game, and they were hoping to elevate the
status of their program in front of a national ESPN audience. But it didn’t work
out that way. While the Hokies went about their business in a grind-it-out
fashion, the home team Pirates made too many mistakes at critical times and were
never able to get into a good rhythm. In the end, it wasn’t a very exciting game
and before it was over many fans were looking for somewhere else to be, but
after two disappointing losses, the Hokies will gladly take the win and move on
to Maryland.

There isn’t a lot of interesting analysis to pull from this one, but there
are a few key points that are worth reviewing. And there were a few individual
performances worthy of notice.

Let’s get to it, starting with the offense.

Tech’s Offense vs. ECU’s Defense

ECU had allowed only two running backs to rush for more than 100 yards all
season … and neither played for UNC or West Virginia. Ryan Williams exploded
for a career high 179 yards and the Tech offense totaled 242 yards on the
ground.

Sounds perfect doesn’t it? The Hokies piled up the rushing yards, controlled
the ball, dominated the time of possession and had just one turnover (yes, it
was a big one). But it didn’t look or feel like that dominating of a
performance. The main reason is that the offense missed on some big play
opportunities and once again had difficulty getting the ball in the end zone.

Getting the win, controlling the ball and rushing for over 200 yards is Frank
Beamer’s ideal scenario for the offense. I’m sure he was pretty happy with the
results overall, but he has to be concerned that the offense continues to
misfire in some key

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