Pirates seek win No. 10 in Liberty Bowl

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, December 31, 2008

By By STEVE FRANKLIN, Sports Writer
MEMPHIS — The 2008 East Carolina football squad has a chance to make history in Friday’s Autozone Liberty Bowl.
With a win, the Pirates can become just the second team in school history to win 10 games in a season. The 1991 Pirates (11-1) under the direction of coach Bill Lewis are the only team in the 76-year history of East Carolina football to reach the double-digit plateau.
This summer, East Carolina’s players talked about two goals as they ran through vigorous warm weather workouts in preparation for what they thought would be a terrific season.
The first was winning the Conference USA Championship.
East Carolina achieved that goal by shocking Tulsa, 27-24 in the C-USA title game on Dec. 6.
The second, was improving upon last year’s 8-5 record and trying to get to the 10-win mark.
A win over Kentucky (6-6) would give ECU a 10-4 record in 2008.
The Pirates have won nine games in a season on nine different occasions, the last coming in 1999.