Penalties, big plays doomed ETSU Saturday

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) –  It was another tough weekend for ETSU, dropping its third straight conference game, falling to VMI 37-7 on Saturday.

The offense again failed to get in a rhythm, converting on just 3 of their 15 third downs chances, facing a Keydets team that ranked last in passing defense in the conference. But the bigger issue for the Bucs were penalties and big plays.

ETSU had 9 penalties in the first half for 84 yards. The defense struggled with the deep ball, with VMI scoring passing touchdowns of 54, 51 and 45 yards, while allowing a 73 yard rushing touchdown.

“Disappointing ballgame in a lot of ways,” said ETSU head coach Carl Torbush. “I think the biggest thing, and I take credit for or blame for, was the number of penalties we had in the first half that really, really hurt us and got us in terrible situations and really gave us no chance to win the football game. We gave up 225 yards on 5 plays. We gave up a 73 yard run, which was the last play of the game which was awful. Gave up a 54 yard pass, and that was after the 4th and 2 penalty. The most disappointing part of the loss, I think, is we helped beat ourselves.”

The Bucs look to bounce back this weekend with a home game against Furman. Click here for more information on tickets. 

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