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September 14, 2013

Hokies Topple ECU 15-10

GREENVILLE, N.C. - In what was a pretty competitive contest, Virginia Tech(2-1) proved to be too much for East Carolina in a 15-10 loss in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.

Shane Carden put East Carolina(2-1) on the scoreboard first on a 22-yard pass up the middle to Bryce Williams. Warren Harvey's PAT made the score 7-0 less than a minute into the ballgame.

After a pair of stalled drives, Virginia Tech got into the act when quarterback Logan Thomas found Demitri Knowles down the right sideline for a 30 yard scoring strike. Cody Journell's point after tied the game at 7 apiece.

ECU held the Hokies to 119 of total yards in the first half but only picked up 150 of their own.

Pirate place kicker Warren Harvey connected on a 44 yard field goal to give East Carolina a brief 10-7 lead in the third quarter

Midway through the third, Tech drove right down the field on a ten play 80 yard drive as Thomas found D.J. Coles in the back of the endzone from three yards out for the touchdown. The point after from Cody Journell was pulled wide left to make the score 13-10 with 4:33 to go in the quarter.

Carden was picked off by Brandon Facyson on the next drive but Virginia Tech was held to a field goal attempt that A.J. Hughes pushed to the right and missed.

Montese Overton narrowly missed an interception that would have been a sure touchdown on Tech's end of the field as ECU turned up the heat defensively to open the third quarter.

On third down and 13, Thomas found Knowles for 28 yards and a first down to keep the drive alive. East Carolina forced the Hokies into 3rd and 7 and after a Frank Beamer timeout that came up one yard short. Tech went for it on fourth down and Trey Edmunds kept the drive alive. Montese Overton showed great coverage on second down to prevent a sure first down reception and then pressured Thomas on the blitz on third down. Cody Journell came on to kick the field goal, but it was missed wide left to halt the drive with 9:22 remaining in the game.

Teriq Edwards' interception of Shane Carden with 6:45 in the game put the Hokies in position for a field goal that missed, but ECU was called for roughing the kicker. After stopping Tech again on fourth down, ECU took over, but Shane Carden was tackled in the endzone for a safety that ultimately salted away the contest 15-10.

ECU burned one of their two timeouts on a coach's review of the call and after it was overturned, ECU kicked the onsides kick out of bounds.

Logan Thomas connected on 25 of 43 for 258 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception for Virginia Tech while Shane Carden was limited to just 19 of 31 for 158 yards and three interceptions in the contest. Tech had 311 yards in total offense.

ECU's defense played well for most of the game, limiting the Hokies to just 53 rushing yards but the Pirates only ran for 46 yards of their own in just 54 offensive plays, good for 204 total yards.

ECU, who only had possession of the football for 23:17, ran just 54 plays in the game as Tech dominated the time of possession by 13 minutes.

Catch PI First photos presented by UBE along with postgame video sponsored by InnerBanks Wealth Management and Ironwood Golf & Country Club.

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