Time of possession hurting Bucs in back-to-back weeks


JOHNSON CITY, TN- The ETSU football team dropped its second straight game this past weekend, falling to Chattanooga 37-7. The Bucs dropped to 2-2 on the year and 1-2 in conference play, but have arguably played the two toughest SoCon opponents the last two weeks.

The biggest concern for ETSU has been the inability of the offense to get in a rhythm, losing the time of possession battle in back-to-back weeks. Chattanooga held the ball for 11 more minutes than the Bucs on Saturday. Wofford’s offense had the ball for 19 more minutes than the Bucs the week before.

“Chattanooga had the ball 35 minutes, we had the ball 24,” said ETSU head coach Carl Torbush. “If you got ten more minutes of possession time, if you’ve got twenty more offensive plays, you got a real good chance to lose and that’s what we did.

The struggles on offense have hurt the Bucs defense, spending far too much time on the field the last two weeks.

“Most good defenses don’t play a whole lot of defense,” said Torbush. “Because their offense is keeping them off the field and then their defense’s converting on third-down. Right now we’re playing more defense then we need to and if you have to do that for four quarters, at some point, you’re not going to be able to run as fast as you were able to run at the beginning of the game.”

The Bucs hit the field next this Saturday, traveling to VMI.

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