Picture it. Greenville. September. Two thousand and nine. App State. ECU. Playing football. /Sophia Petrillo voice
What most people remember – Behind its 3rd(!) string QB, App State scores 17 straight points in the fourth quarter in an effort that was five points too little, 29-24.
What we remember – App State was embarrassed in the first half. ECU easily scored TDs on it first two possessions (total 9 plays to cover 111 yards), while holding the Mountaineers to four or fewer yards on six of seven possessions (Four were zero or negative yardage).
If not for a lack of proper hydration by the Pirates – Bobby Boucher tried to warn you! – we doubt the second half would have been as dramatic.
Fast forward to 2011. App and ECU shared a common foe, in back-to-back weeks even. And the comparison is just as embarrassing.
Virginia Tech 66, App State 13.
Virginia Tech 17, ECU 10.
All that said, App State is starting 2012 with what it didn’t have last year or in the ’09 game – An established starter at QB.
There’s also the Satterfield mojo, and a larger – though somewhat green – offensive line.
The Pirates will be deeper, but the D has just been awful recently.
So we gotta ask – who ya got Saturday?
And here’s your over/under – Victory margin in the contest: 14.