FINAL: Virginia Tech 15, ECU 10. Tech’s defense saves the day with seven sacks, 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.
The Hokies have their first lead of the day — 13-10 as the period ends — but they’ve left some points out there, too. Cody Journell missed a 38-yard field goal (wide right) near the end of the quarter and an extra point (wide left) after D.J. Coles’ 3-yard touchdown reception.
Coles came alive on that 75-yard touchdown drive, also catching a 20-yard bullet from Thomas. Tech ran seven passes and only three runs on the drive.
Facyson got his second interception of the game (and the third of his young career) on a ball that Detrick Bonner tipped high in the air. Seems Facyson is every bit as good on the field as he is in the classroom.
Hokies start the fourth with a first down at their own 35.
We go to the half with Hokies and Pirates still tied 7-7. Strong defensive effort by both sides.
Tech is averaging only 4.3 yards per play. The Hokies finally sprung Edmunds for a decent run — a 13-yard gain over left guard that featured a nice block on the linebacker by right guard Andrew Miller — but they’ve been pretty one-dimensional other than that. Thomas is 8-for-17 for 97 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
It’s really hard to pinpoint anything Tech does particularly well on offense. Edmunds looked like he would be the unit’s strength with his performance against Bama, but surprisingly, the Hokies aren’t getting the same push up front that they did against the Tide.
Tech’s defense has four sacks (Collins, Tyler, Edwards and Gayle with one apiece), seven tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and one interception.
A.J. Hughes is averaging 46.8 yards on four punts and has pinned ECU inside the 20 twice. No special teams gaffes to speak of so far.
Tech will get the ball to start the second half.
Hokies and Pirates tied 7-7 after one. The Pirates rolled 75 yards on five plays on their first drive to take the lead before Tech came back with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Logan Thomas to Demitri Knowles to tie it. Good job by Knowles getting beyond the defense, and nice touch by Thomas on the throw.
Tech squandered a nice opportunity after Brandon Facyson’s second career interception set the Hokies up inside ECU territory. A dropped pass by Joshua Stanford on third down — which had the distance for a first down — forced Tech to punt. ECU has the ball at its own 41.
Tech hasn’t been giving its backs any running room. The Hokies’ first eight rushing attempts averaged 1.8 yards, with Trey Edmunds only gaining two yards on five carries.
ECU–Williams 22 pass from Carden (Harvey kick), 13:21. Drive: Five plays, 75 yards, 1:39. Key play: Cooper 24 pass from Carden to VT 22. East Carolina 7, Virginia Tech 0.
VT–Knowles 30 pass from Thomas (Journell kick), 3:42. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 6:04. Key play: Stanford 12 pass from Thomas to ECU 31. East Carolina 7, Virginia Tech 7.
ECU–FG Harvey 44, 8:49. Drive: Seven plays, nine yards, 2:15. Key play: Webster 22 punt return to VT 36. East Carolina 10, Virginia Tech 7.
VT–Coles 3 pass from Thomas (kick failed), 4:09. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:40. Key play: Coles 20 pass from Thomas to ECU 30. Virginia Tech 13, East Carolina 10.
VT–Safety, 1:31. Virginia Tech 15, East Carolina 10.
Virginia Tech, Tyler 3-3-1, Collins 4-1-2, Jarrett 3-2-0, Edwards 3-2-1.5, Bonner 2-3-0, Ke. Fulle 2-3-0, Nicolas 3-0-0, Ky. Fuller 3-0-0, Gayle 2-1-2, Hopkins 1-2-.5, Facyson 1-1-0, Clark 1-1-0, Trimble 0-2-0, Frye 1-0-0, Clarke 0-1-0, Redman 0-1-0, Williams 0-1-0, Baron 0-1-0, McKinnon 0-1-0, Roth 0-1-0, Wilson 0-1-0, Totals 29-28-7.
East Carolina, B. Williams 2-10-.5, Johnson 1-11-0, Magazu 2-7-0, Bigger 1-8-0, Stanley 3-5-1, Armstrong 5-1-0, Woullard 2-4-0, Hawkins 2-3-0, Thompson 2-3-0, T. Williams 0-5-.5, Allen 2-2-0, Overton 1-3-0, White 1-1-0, Rose 1-1-0, Brown 0-2-0, Brunson 1-0-0, Ivey 1-0-0, Amos 1-0-0, Worthy 1-0-0, Holmes 0-1-0, Falls 0-1-0, Anderson 0-0-0, Pegues 0-0-0, Donaldson 0-0-0, Totals 29-68-2.
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