2 The Daily Tar Heel Saturday, October 23, 1976 Pirates hope for swashbuckling season Pat Dye's band of Buccaneers invade landlubbing Tar Heels by Grant Vosburgh Sports Editor As the 50,000 spectators filed out of Kenan Stadium a week ago, a distraught Carolina student was heard to say, "Thank God for basketball season. The Blue-White game's only a month away." Indeed, the Tar Heels' 71-13 loss to N.C. State Saturday was a big disappointment for both fan and player alike. The whole Chapel Hill atmosphere was geared for a victory over the rivals from Raleigh. The Carolina defense was no match for the State offense in the early going, however. Three quick Wolfpack touchdowns in the first half made even a diehard UNC football fan dream of Dean Smith and Carmichael Auditorium. But for UNC, there's no looking back now. What lies ahead is perhaps the most crucial game of the season for Carolina a game that could be the catalyst for both teams remaining wins or losses. Yes, there is something worse than a loss to State back-to-back losses to State and East Carolina. The Pirates from Greenville roll into town today with a 6-0 record, a national ranking and two of the most dangerous pair of skinny legs this side of Pippy Longstockings. Running backs Eddie Hicks and Willie Hawkins, co-proprietors of the now-famous H & H Trucking Co., team to give ECU as explosive a backfield as any around. But if the trucking industry is thriving this year, then much of the credit goes to quarterback Mike Weaver, who directs the Pirate multiple attack. Although small, Weaver's quickness and sleight-of-hand makes his execution of the wishbone masterful. The defense is led by safety Jim Bolding, a four-year starter who has been mentioned on several All-America teams. Linebackers Harold Randolph, Harold Fort and Tommy Summer, end Zack Valentine and tackle Jake Dove aid Bolding and two other returning backs, Reggie Pinkney and Ernest Madison. UNC Coach Bill Dooley said that the undefeated Pirates may be the best team the Heels will face this season. Before getting to specifics, Dooley added, "First, let me say, everything you've heard about East Carolina is true. "Overall offensively, defensively and the kicking game this is as fine a team as we'll play," he said. Although statistics art a good thing to have, the real test comes on the football field each Saturday. And this is where the Bucs have made believers throughout the nation. They opened the season with a 48-0 massacre of Southern Mississippi, a team Alabama could only down 24-8. Seven days later, a shocked Carter Stadium crowd in Raleigh observed as the Pirates destroyed the N.C. State defense for a 23-14 win. After a comeback win over William & Mary, East Carolina knocked off Southern Conference foe The Citadel 22-3. Next came Southern Illinois and a 49-14 Pirate win. Finally the Pirates slipped by VMI 17-3 last Saturday, in what was not a spectacular win, but was good enough to vault ECU into the Associated Press Top 20. The national notoriety is the first of its kind in the history of East Carolina football. But Head Coach Pat Dye, who did his interning under Alabama's Bear Bryant, said yesterday it wasn't all that important. . .yet. "Very few of our players were recruited by larger schools," he said. "I'm sure it means a great deal to them to be ranked. But I've coached at a school that has been ranked in the Top 20, Top 1 0, in the Top One. I know it's not where you're ranked today but in December that holds some real meaning and prestige." Dye said that UNC's lethargic offensive and defensive showing against State was hard to analyze. "I was not surprised by the State Carolina game. I was surprised that State moved the ball the way they did. I'm impressed with Carolina's defense. I think they've spent more time concentrating on the run, though, and maybe have been hurt more overall by the pass." A classic understatement. The Tar Heels have outrushed their opponents 1229 yards to 1164, but the scales lean heavily to the other side in the passing department. UNC has a paltry 558 yards through the air in the first six games, while opposing quarterbacks have amassed 1 192. Despite all this, Dye says he respects the Tar Heels. "I know some of the defensive coaches and I know they have talented players. They're big and strong. "What I'm saying is, you put our 48 or 50 players on paper against Carolina or State, and there wouldn't be any way we could match up. Fortunately, we have 1 1 on the field that match up reasonably well." This is a big game for both teams. A UNC victory could keep bowl hopes alive and stave off a nosedive following losses to Missouri and State. But what's in it for East Carolina? Last year, the 38-17 Pirate win gave Greenville folks the satisfaction of drubbing a Carolina club. Could a season with wins over both State and UNC enhance ECU's chance for entrance into the Atlantic Coast Conference? Maybe so. But if Pat Dye is thinking along those lines, he's keeping it to himself. "A win over Carolina at this time in our season could be the best thing that's ever happened to us," he said. "We could get ready to play the rest of our games knowing that we can line up with other teams. "What I'm saying is," he said with a pause, "a win over Carolina Saturday would make our chances to go undefeated a whole lot better." And it might make Carolina fans more impatient for the Blue-White basketball game. Hie Modem rjjp Jazz Quartet p X J Comes to Carolina October 31, f 8:00 P'm-in Memorial Hall. (ffj $5 TOCECETS on sale now at the Union Desk A Carolina Union presentation On the cover Staff photographer Bruce Clarke was on the sidelines during the Carolina-State game and took these pictures of Mike Voight (top) picking up yardage against the Wolfpack and Matt Kupec (bottom) rolling out to avoid a State defender. Voight picked up 84 yards, one more than was needed to break Don McCauley's Carolina and ACC rushing record. Kupec passed for 158 yards in his first collegiate start. I ZZ ' 1 "Jypi-V A It's Gonna Taste So Good

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