Five minutes into the game, East Carolina took a 14-0 lead. Perhaps the Hokies were caught in a hangover following a big win the previous week at Ohio State. Before the end of the first quarter, East Carolina scored as many points against Virginia Tech as the Buckeyes did last week. After going up 21-0 in the first quarter, East Carolina leads Virginia Tech at the half, 21-7.
East Carolina, coming off a loss at South Carolina last week, let quarterback Shane Carden lead the way on the opening drive and he did not disappoint. Carden completed four of five passes on a 75-yard drive resulting in a touchdown. He completed passes to four different receivers, as East Carolina looks to spread the ball around and keep Bud Foster‘s defense thinking. Bryce Williams caught a four-yard touchdown pass two plays after hauling in a 22-yard gain to put East Carolina in the red zone.
After Virginia Tech went three-and-out on its first offensive possession, East Carolina again went to work moving down the field and picking up seven more points. A 47-yard pass from Carden to Cam Worthy resulted in a pick-up of 47 yards on the drive and a 15-yard pass to Trevon Brown gave the Pirates a quick 14-0 lead with just over 10 minutes to play in the first quarter.
Things slowed down in the second quarter, and East Carolina missed on chances to add to their lead. Meanwhile, the Hokies have nothing going on offense.That allowed the Hokies to hang around long enough to take any bit of momentum to the half. A late touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Isaiah Ford ended up being upheld following a lengthy video review, despite video evidence suggesting the ball was not cleanly caught. The gift of a touchdown cut the lead to 21-7 just before the half. Will that be enough to turn things around for the Hokies in the second half?