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September 10, 2013

ECU impressive in Week 1 win

Ada —

Oh, so this is what they've been talking about.

The 2013 Tiger model fires up five Mac tractors at the line of scrimmage, throws the gears into grumble and shoves the petal to the medal, all the while hiding a small spinning object behind them — one that appears to be running on whirling wheels.

By the time the enemy spots Jo Jo (Beep Beep) Snell, he's past them, making defenses like Arkansas-Monticello's look more like Wile E. Coyote than Boll Weevils.

This is gonna be fun, Tiger fans. ECU belted Arkansas-Monticello, 46-22, and put on a memorable show in the process.

Some of those Mac tractors included Bryan Newell (6-7, 310), Marcus Beale (6-4, 300), J.J. Farrell, 6-6, 310), Travis Henning (6-7-280) and Talon Starkey, 6-5, 270), just to name a few.

Hot, sweaty but otherwise delighted, ECU boosters were introduced to the Tigers' version of The Roadrunner (Snell) Saturday evening at Norris Field.

By the half, Snell had more than 100 yards rushing, two touchdowns (one that counted and one that didn't) and thousands of new fans as the Tigers built a lopsided 33-8 halftime lead. 

The one that didn't count was a beep-beep, 65-yard Roadrunner special that didn't end until the end zone was conquered — even if only for a moment.

The play was called back by spoilsport officials who spotted a block in the back somewhere amidst the chaos.

If it sounds like Snell was the star of this game, he wasn't. He was just the newest member of an impressive list of character actors and productive role players who flexed their muscles at Monticello's expense.

Here come the real stars:

The Tigers turned in big play after big play to snuff out any modest Weevil comeback attempt in its bizarre second-half bid.

Here's a few hints on the star of the game.

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