ECU opened its 2020 road slate with a 49-29 loss to Georgia State on Saturday. The Pirates failed to score an offensive touchdown, but logged an interception return touchdown, fake field goal score and blocked punt score.

Below are some interesting notes and pieces of information following ECU’s road opener. You can also find a recap of the game here.

  • ECU has now lost seven straight road openers — last win was Sept. 28, 2013
  • ECU ended its streak of 10 consecutive games with a pass touchdown — last game without one was against Navy in 2019
  • ECU has forced at least one turnover in 12 of the last 13 games — forced three on Saturday
  • ECU had two first time starters on Saturday in OL Avery Jones and TE Shane Calhoun — 12 total for the year
  • D’Ante Smith saw his 26 start streak snapped — Nishad Strother started at left tackle
  • Blake Proehl caught a career-high 11 passes for 83 yards — has at least one reception in 17 straight games
    • Blocked a punt in the fourth quarter, returned for touchdown
    • ECU — first blocked punt for touchdown since Sept. 28, 2019 against ODU (9 games)
  • Warren Saba logged his first career interception with a pick six on ECU’s first defensive play of the game
    • ECU — first interception returned for touchdown since Oct. 30, 2015 against UConn (53 games)
  • Tyler Snead racked up 237 all-purpose yards on Saturday (31 rush, 111 receiving, 86 kick-off return, 9 punt return)
    • Fourth career 100-plus yard receiving game
    • Picked up first career rushing touchdown on fake field goal in fourth quarter (31 yards)
  • Jireh Wilson logged a career-best 13 tackles — forced first career fumble in third quarter
  • Jake Verity — accounted for 11 points on Saturday with two PAT’s and three field goals (34, 40 and 48 yards)
    • Moved into second place on ECU’s all-time scoring list with 295 career points — five points off tying Warren Harvey for first — six points off passing
    • Missed a PAT in the fourth quarter — ended streak of 54 consecutive made dating back to 2018 against ODU
  • Freshman QB Mason Garcia made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter — 0-for-2 passing, one rush for 10 yards
  • ECU is now 0-2 overall , 0-1 American on the season

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