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Carden's TD run with 16 seconds left gives East Carolina 28-21 win over No. 17 Virginia Tech

  • East Carolina's Bryce Williams catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech,  Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

    East Carolina's Bryce Williams catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)  (The Associated Press)

  • East Carolina's Bryce Williams (88) catches a deflected pass during an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

    East Carolina's Bryce Williams (88) catches a deflected pass during an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia Tech's Luther Maddy (92) attempts to sack against East Carolina's quarterback Shane Carden during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

    Virginia Tech's Luther Maddy (92) attempts to sack against East Carolina's quarterback Shane Carden during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)  (The Associated Press)

East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes and scored a rushing touchdown with 16 seconds left to lead the Pirates to a 28-21 upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Carden completed 23 of 47 passes for 427 yards in carrying the Pirates to their first victory over a ranked team since 2009 when they beat then-No. 18 Houston 38-32 in Greenville, North Carolina.

East Carolina (2-1) snapped a five-game losing streak to ranked opponents.

Virginia Tech (2-1), coming off a road win over then-No. 8 Ohio State, tied the game on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Cam Phillips with 1:20 left.

But the Pirates needed just three plays to go 65 yards and scored the winner on a 1-yard run by Carden

Brewer completed 30 of 56 passes for 298 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Hokies.