Navy Football First Look: East Carolina

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Navy football hosts East Carolina on Saturday in Annapolis. Here is your first look at East Carolina.

East Carolina Season So Far

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 @ North Carolina St. L 6-34
09/07/19 Gardner-Webb W 48-9
09/14/19 @ Navy
09/21/19 William & Mary
09/28/19 @ Old Dominion
10/03/19 Temple
10/19/19 @ UCF
10/26/19 South Fla.
11/02/19 Cincinnati
11/09/19 @ Southern Methodist
11/23/19 @ Connecticut
11/30/19 Tulsa

Key Stats

Statistic Navy (Rk) Avg ECU (Rk) Avg
Rushing Offense (1) 428.0 (44) 203.0
Passing Offense (126) 103.0 (77) 218.5
Passing Yds. / Comp (9) 17.2 (119) 9.7
Total Offense (16) 531.0 (64) 421.5
Scoring Offense (20) 45.0 (76) 27.0
Rushing Defense (10) 64.0 (46) 115.0
Pass Defense (32) 167.0 (77) 230.5
Total Defense (15) 231.0 (57) 345.5
Scoring Defense (5) 7.0 (52) 21.5

East Carolina Injuries and Suspensions

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/01/19 DB Colby Gore Suspension is out indefinitely
09/01/19 LB Delvontae Harris Suspension is out indefinitely
09/01/19 DB Juan Powell Suspension is out indefinitely

Challenges for Navy

FCS win and bye week out of the way, now Navy football hosts East Carolina. The Pirates were blown out in game 1, against NC State. In their second game, they dominated FCS Gardner-Webb. Traditionally, the Pirates have had no clue how to stop the Navy option. Will that change on Saturday? Probably not. The player to watch for ECU is quarterback Holton Ahlers. In two games he has completed 40-of-68 for 363 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Stop him and you stop ECU. NC State was able to slow him down and Gardner-Webb was not. Navy’s challenge is to build on their first win and just gradually improve every week.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 pm ET. Watch on the CBS Sports Network.

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