East Carolina vs Virginia Tech : The American Athletic Conference will duke it out with the Atlantic Coast Conference as the East Carolina Pirates take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. East Carolina has announced it won’t make the trip to Blacksburg this weekend for its scheduled game at Lane Stadium against Virginia Tech.
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East Carolina vs Virginia Tech live
Date : Saturday, 15 September
The East Carolina Pirates had a miserable start to their year as they lost at home to NC A&T by a score of 28-23. Well, they got back on track last week against the North Carolina Tar Heels as they won by a score of 41-19. They completely routed the Heels, despite the fact that they were 16.5 point underdogs in the game. Can they build on that win?
It will be very hard as they are huge dogs in this one and they did lose 64-17 at home to Tech last year. Reid Herring has taken over at QB and he has a solid game against the Heels as he threw for 290 yards and a TDs in the win. He also threw for 309 yards and two TDs in their opening loss, but he did have two INTs as well in that game. The problem for him here is that he is facing a much tough defense than he has faced in his first two games.
The Pirates have a 2nd QB that they use but he is mostly a runner. He had 36 yards rushing and two TDs against the Heels and the Pirates may need to use him a bit more to keep that Hokie defense off balance. The defense did a great job last week against what will be a very good North Carolina offense. If they hope to stay in this game then they will need that defense to step up again. It will not be easy as that Virginia Tech offense has been good so far and very balanced. ECU really has its work cut out for it in this one, but they do have revenge on their minds and momentum for last week so anything is possible.
The Virginia Tech Hokies went 9-4 last year and many felt that they would take a step back this year, especially after losing so much of their vaunted defense. Well, it has been a good start for them as they are 2-0 and their defense has looked strong so far. The Hokies began their season with a strong 24-3 road win over Florida State and then they trounced William & Mary last week by a score of 62-17.
This is a very tough team that Justin Fuente has on his hands and they should roll into their home game against the Irish on Oct 6th with a 5-0 mark. That is still a little ways away and we are here to talk about their matchup with the Pirates this week. This young defense will be tested in this one as the Pirates have a heck of an offense and one that will tire a defense out. The Hokies have a solid defense, but it is not a deep one.
The offense averaged 28.2 ppg last year and with seven starters back, they will be much stronger this year. Josh Jackson has had a decent start as he has thrown for 424 yards and three TDs so far. He had just 217 yards passing in the win over the Tribe last week, but he didn’t need to throw a ton as they ran for 305 yards. This is a balanced offense overall, as you can see from the number below and they will be taking on an ECU defense that may have played over its head last week. Jackson threw for 372 yards with five TDs and no INTs in the win over the Pirates last year. Good luck ECU.