GREENVILLE, N.C. — After some quick early scoring, Virginia Tech and East Carolina have settled into a defensive affair at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, tied at 7 at halftime.
Both quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Shane Carden have a touchdown pass in the first half, but it was the defenses that were the headliners.
The Hokies kept the Pirates off the scoreboard after the opening drive, sacking Carden four times and intercepting him once.
East Carolina was similarly effective, holding Tech to only 40 rushing yards and picking off Thomas once. Trey Edmunds had nine carries for 20 yards.
The Pirates managed to score quickly, however, going 75 yards on only five plays on the opening drive. Bryce Williams caught a 22-yard touchdown pass, slipping a Detrick Bonner tackle to get into the end zone.
The Hokies responded, getting a 30-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Demitri Knowles later in the first quarter to tie the game at 7. Thomas went 4-for-4 for 57 yards on the drive and had three third-down conversions.
Neither offense did much after that. The teams combined for eight punts.
Thomas finished the half 8-for-17 for 97 yards. Late in the second quarter, he passed Tyrod Taylor for first place on Virginia Tech’s all-time completions list. He has completed 496 passes.
Carden was 12-for-18 for 127 yards.