Big Jim Modlin’s East Carolina Pirates have a big game on Saturday as they head up to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on the Virginia Cavaliers.
East Carolina will close out its 2008 non-conference schedule when it visits Virginia Saturday. The battle against the Cavaliers also represents the fourth of four matchups against Bowl Championship Series (BCS) members in â€˜08 for the Pirates, who have split a pair of meetings with ACC members Virginia Tech and N.C. State, and defeated West Virginia already this season. The matchup against Virginia will serve as ECUâ€™s only October road game and will provide an opportunity for the Pirates to snap a two-game losing skid after opening the campaign with three straight wins.
PIRATE RECORDS AND STREAKS
ô€˜ Nine winning or .500 seasons in the last 14 years (two straight) …
ô€˜ Six top three C-USA finishes in the last 11 years (two straight) …
ô€˜ Have won five of the last seven, seven of the last 10 and 10 of last 14 games ..
ô€˜ Have won three straight against nationally-ranked opponents (first since â€˜91) …
ô€˜ Have won five of nine games against ACC opponents in the Skip Holtz Era …
ô€˜ Have won six of 14 games against BCS opponents in the Skip Holtz Era …
ô€˜ At least two forced TOs in seven straight games (and 13 of the last 14, 16 of 18) …
SKIP HOLTZ (Notre Dame â€˜86) is 23-19 (.548) in his fourth season at East Carolina,
while overall, he is in year nine as a collegiate head coach with a 57-42 (.576) record.
When he became ECU’s 19th all-time head football coach Dec. 3, 2004, Holtz officially
finished a six-year stint as South Carolinaâ€™s assistant head coach, offensive coordinator
and quarterbacks coach.
AL GROH (Virginia â€˜67) is in his eighth season heading the football program at Virginia
and sports a 53-40 (.570) record. Overall, he is in his 14th year as a collegiate head
coach with a 79-80 (.497) mark.
In 1981, he earned his first head coaching position at Wake Forest and guided the Demon
Deacons to a 26-40 record in six years before spending 12 seasons in the NFL.
*****from Tom McLellan and the ECU Athletices Department*****