Terrell Richardson

ECU Defensive Back Terrell Richardson

In the East Carolina Pirates first loss of the season, its offense undoubtedly had some struggles, but the defense continued to lock down the South Carolina Gamecocks, just as it had in the Pirates first two games of the season.

 

With ECU’s offensive struggles, the Pirates allowed 17 points in the first quarter, but then didn’t allow any more points until a field goal in the fourth quarter. Inside linebackers Jordan Williams and Terrell Richardson played a big role in this lockdown defense, as they led the team in tackles.

 

“I’m glad that we kept fighting and I’m glad that we have a good brotherhood,” said Richardson. “We stuck together no matter what, and we’re still together.”

 

After the first three drives for the Gamecocks all resulted in points because of superb field position, the ECU defense tightened up. On South Carolina’s fourth drive, ECU held it to six yards and a three-and-out.

Then to start off the second quarter, the Gamecocks went for it on fourth and one with their quarterback Brandon McIlwain rushing, but linebackers Dayon Pratt and Kiante Anderson met him at the line of scrimmage for no gain and the turnover on downs.

 

The defense continued to work the same way throughout the game. ECU’s offense had several troubles trying to get in the end zone, but that didn’t alter the defensive play. Even after the offense had three turnovers in the redzone, the defense still went on to the field to do its job and stop the Gamecocks.

With how much the ECU offense struggled inside the red zone, a five point loss shows that the defense kept the Pirates in the game, despite not sacking Mcllwain.

 

“Our defense played flawless,” said quarterback Philip Nelson. “I mean, we couldn’t ask them to do anything more than they did.”

Williams lead the ECU defense, totaling six tackles, two of which were for a loss. Richardson and safety Bobby Fulp each tallied four tackles in the loss as well.

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