ECU vs. Tulane: what worked, what needs work, what’s next

October 14, 2013 

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ECU wide receiver Justin Hardy speaks with quarterback Shane Carden in the second half of their game against FAU at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C. Thursday Sept. 5, 2013.

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East Carolina (4-2, 2-1 C-USA)

Lost to Tulane 36-33, 3OT

What worked: For the fifth time in six games East Carolina’s defense held its opponent to under 100 rushing yards this season (28 carries, 85 yards).

Junior wide receiver Justin Hardy continued his assault on the ECU record book as he tallied 17 receptions for 230 yards. His 17 catches bested his own school-record of 16, which he has achieved twice, and his 230 yards broke Terry Gallaher’s 218 yards against Appalachian State in 1975.

What needs work: The Pirates special teams had several mishaps, all of which played a major role in their loss to Tulane. Placekicker Warren Harvey, who began the year on the Lou Groza Award Watch List, missed a potentially game-winning 42-yard field goal with three seconds left in regulation, before going wide right from 34 yards in the third overtime to set the stage for Tulane’s game-winning 42-yard field goal.

What’s next: East Carolina tries to bounce back at home Saturday against winless Southern Miss (0-5, 0-1), which fell 24-23 to Florida International in its Conference USA opener on Oct. 5.

Brian Haines

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