Photo: Darrius Pinnix
This time East Carolina opened touchdown, field goal, touchdown and touchdown. By the time the Pirates punted, they were en route to a 1-1 record, routing Gardner-Webb 48-9 Saturday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Yes, Gardner-Webb (0-2), a Football Championship Subdivision school, was a lesser opponent than ACC member N.C. State in ECU’s season-opening 34-6 loss. But finishing an encouraging opening drive contrasted drastically from a week ago when sophomore quarterback Holton Ahlers fumbled on the game-opening drive at N.C. State’s 2-yard. That left the Pirates wondering what might have been.
This time momentum from an imagined 7-0 lead didn’t vanish. It was posted on the scoreboard when Ahlers capped the game-opening drive with a 7-yard run into the end zone’s left corner on the eighth play of a 69-yard drive...