Gardner-Webb Bulldogs at East Carolina Pirates
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM (Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium)
The Line: East Carolina -28 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs look for a bounce back game after losing to Charlotte by 21 points in their season opener. The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs have lost five of their last six road games. Jordan Smith is completing 35.3 percent of his passes for 60 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Smith had 17 pass attempts in the Bulldogs losing effort. Izaiah Gathings and Chuma Awanna have combined for 53 receiving yards on four catches while James Ellis II has one reception. The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs ground game is averaging 159 yards per contest, and Jayln Cagle leads the way with 84 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Gardner-Webb is allowing 41 points and 508 yards per game. Cam McCutcheon leads the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs with 11 tackles, Devin Mines has two tackles for loss and Quinton Jones has one interception.
The East Carolina Pirates need a rebound game after getting rocked last week by NC State, 34-6. The East Carolina Pirates have split their last six home games. Holton Ahlers is completing 56.4 percent of his passes for 168 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Ahlers has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last five games. Blake Proehl and Audie Omotosho have combined for 82 receiving yards on six catches while Jsi Hatfield has five receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 41 yards per contest, and Darius Pinnix, Jr. leads the way with 23 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 34 points and 505 yards per game. Gerard Stringer leads the East Carolina Pirates with eight tackles, Kendall Futrell has one tackle for loss and Ja'Quan McMillian has one pass deflection.
The East Carolina Pirates are better than what they showed last week and will have a chance to prove it against a far less talented team. The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs were sleepwalking defensively in their season opener and Smith didn't play well to say the least at the quarterback position. This is a game East Carolina should be able to take out some frustration, and while the line is a bit steep, the talent gap is quite large and the Bulldogs don't play defense.