(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: Virginia Tech 49, East Carolina 27
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Tyrod Taylor only completed 50 percent of his passes, but still threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns, as the Virginia Tech Hokies clobbered the East Carolina Pirates, 49-27, in non-conference play at Lane Stadium.
Jarrett Boykin only collected three passes for Virginia Tech (1-2), but finished with 118 yards and one touchdown. Darren Evans led the ground game for the Hokies, rushing for 91 yards and one score on 10 carries. David Wilson, who scored twice on the ground, added 89 yards on 12 totes.
As for the Pirates (2-1), they were led by Jonathan Williams, who rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Dominique Davis threw for 251 yards and one touchdown in the contest, but was also intercepted twice. Clearly his main target was Dwayne Harris, who grabbed 10 passes for 119 yards and one score.
The Pirates opened the scoring with a 26-yard field goal by Michael Barbour. The kick capped off a 14-play, 70-yard drive.
East Carolina pushed its lead to 10-0 when Williams rumbled into the end zone on a two-yard run.
The Hokies answered back on their next drive, as Ryan Williams found the end zone on a two-yard run.
However, the Pirates went back up by 10 points early in the second quarter when Davis hooked up with Harris on a seven-yard scoring strike.
Virginia Tech bounced back with two straight scores, the first coming on a 24- yard scoring strike from Taylor to Dyrell Roberts.
The next touchdown, which put the Hokies ahead 21-17, was a seven-yard scamper by Evans with just under six minutes remaining in the third frame.
Williams plunged into the end zone on a one-yard run in the final minute of the second quarter to put ECU ahead by a 24-21 margin at intermission.
Barbour added a 41-yard kick for the Pirates early in the third frame, but from that point on the Hokies would control the matchup.
Touchdown runs of three and eight yards, respectively, by Wilson gave the Hokies a 35-27 lead at the end of the third quarter and Virginia Tech was not done putting points on the board.
Less than two minutes into the final frame the defense for Virginia Tech got involved, as Rashad Carmichael returned an interception 68 yards for a score.
The Hokies went ahead 49-27 just minutes later when Taylor hit Boykin for a 69-yard scoring strike.
After a mediocre first half the Hokies exploded over the final 30 minutes of action, and finished the game with 448 total yards.
09/18 17:40:54 ET