When the East Carolina Pirates visit the South Florida Bulls on Saturday, both teams will be looking for their first American Athletic Conference victory of the season.
The Pirates (0-2, 0-1 AAC), led by second-year coach Mike Houston, rank sixth among the nine AAC teams that have played a game this year in average points scored (28.5). East Carolina’s defense is last in the AAC in points (50.0) and also yards allowed (558.5).
In addition, the Pirates have yet to sack the quarterback, and they are a league-worst minus-four on turnover differential.
East Carolina’s red-zone defense has been unable to come up with a turnover or a stop that keeps an opponent off the board. On 12 trips, Pirates opponents have 12 scores — five passing touchdowns, four running TDs and three field goals.
Among the Pirates’ top performers on offense are quarterback Holton Ahlers and wide receivers Tyler Snead