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September 10, 2013

ECU impressive in Week 1 win

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“I thought our kick return coverage was terrible,” he said. “It was a thorn in my side all night, and it spoiled what otherwise was a great night for us. But we'll get it fixed.”

Let's get back to The Roadrunner. McCarty was so concerned about keeping his new-found weapon healthy that he all but wrapped him in a plastic air-conditioned bubble in the second half.

Snell didn't run another offensive play, while McCarty tried to see just how much depth he has at the running back position.

Turns out, quite a bit. You had Todd and his eight carries for 97 yards. David Massengill had 43 yards on 11 carries, but many of those were tough yards when the Boll Weevils had the Tigers pinned deep in their own territory.

Here's why that kept happening, according to McCarty:

He and his coaching staff were content in the last half to get out of this game without injuries, dehydration problems and any unnecessary nicks and cuts, which they did.  

They substituted freely and fought off Monticello quarterback Colton Morrison’s 55 quick pass attempts. After the early going, the Boll Weevils, frustrated by not being able to run and with no time to throw deep, went to the no-huddle offense and the quick slant passes and tosses in the backfield.

Morrison threw almost every pass within a second of catching it from the center, not even pretending to read the defense. The result was 38 completions, the longest going for 17 yards. Of course, four of those passes wound up in Tiger hands.

In a way, the rash of short passes — a dozen of them to running back Cody Bordelon for 128 yards — gave the Tiger defense much-needed work on tackling in the open spaces. 

The longer this went on, the better ECU seemed to get at controlling it.

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