East Carolina’s road losing streak continued as the Naval Academy absolutely dominated the Pirates for a 42-10 blowout victory. The Pirates have now lost 10 in a row on the road and are an abysmal 1-17 since 2016.
The firepower offense from last week completely vanished as they could not find the end zone until the fourth quarter. The game did not too many positive moments for the Pirates and did not get much better as defensive leader Davondre Robinson ran into a teammate and needed to be carted off the field. He did luckily have all feeling in his extremities.
Holton Ahlers went 11-23 for 138 and an interception.
For the Midshipmen, it was the Malcolm Perry show. Perry ran for four touchdowns and threw for two more. He become the first Navy quarterback to run and throw for 150 yards since 2010. He finished with 24 carries for 156 yards and went 5-7 for 151 yards.
It was an utter domination from the start as the Midshipmen scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and basically had the game in hand by halftime.
The significant takeaway was that the Pirates just look like a young team trying to figure out an identity. The team looks lost when they end up not getting off to a quick start. They just cannot respond to being down. The team is 47 percent freshman but you need to find something, play with energy and show some fight when adversity come towards you.
As for the Naval Academy they were able to find some balance with the pass surprisingly. The team is predicated by the run and if Navy can just show that they can throw the ball, it makes this option offense almost impossible to stop.
Can the Pirates be able to find something this week in practice so they can find an edge to them? ECU will host William & Mary next Saturday.
As for the Midshipmen, they will have a bye this week before going on the road to Memphis on Sept. 26.