The ECU Tigers are proving that defense — at least defense alone — doesn’t win championships.
Coming off the first 8-3 season since the school moved up to NCAA Division II in 1994, head coach Tim McCarty’s program entered the 2012 season with plenty of momentum but some major question marks on offense. Through three games, those questions haven’t been answered; in fact, there appears to be no answer in sight.
Watching the second half of Saturday’s ugly 13-10 loss at Southwestern, I wasn’t just frustrated — I was amazed at the ineptitude of the ECU offense. Nothing worked for the Tigers from start to finish, with the exception of an 87-yard, third-quarter drive that I hoped — foolishly as things worked out —might have been the turning point in the season for sophomore quarterback Cody Miller and the offense.
But instead of grabbing the Bulldogs — a team they had beaten the past two years — by the throat, the Tigers simply disappeared on offense for the rest of the night. With the exception of the scoring drive, ECU managed just 64 total yards in the game, with Miller hitting only 15 of his 40 passes and throwing four interceptions to run his total for the year to nine.
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