McFarling Virginia Tech-East Carolina in-game blog | Virginia Tech Sports News

ECU–Grayson 9 pass from Minshew (Verity kick), 12:53. Drive: Seven plays, 75 yards, 2:07. Key play: Baggett 41 pass from Minshew to VT 18. East Carolina 7, Virginia Tech 0.

VT–Peoples 1 run (Slye kick), 8:44. Drive: 12 plays, 84 yards, 4:09. Key play: Clark 34 pass from Jackson on third-and-5 to ECU 45. Virginia Tech 7, East Carolina 7.

ECU–Brown 76 pass from Minshew (Verity kick), 7:55. Drive: Two plays, 75 yards, :49. East Carolina 14, Virginia Tech 7.

FIRST QUARTER (latest on top)

-First punt of the game comes from Tech. Savoy dropped a pass that would have converted the first down. Hokies and Pirates averaging 0.001 units of defensive fortitude so far, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

-Right back come the Pirates. Minshew hits Trevon Brown down the right sideline. Brown beats safety Reggie Floyd, breaks free for a 76-yard touchdown. ECU up 14-7 with 7:55 left in the period. This feels eerily like the 2015 Independence Bowl so far. In total defense this season, ECU ranks second-to-last nationally, ahead of only…Tulsa, of course.

-Hokies tie it 7-7 on a touchdown run by Steven Peoples. Nobody stopping anybody yet today, as Tech drives 84 yards on 12 plays, good mix of run and pass.

-Nice catch by James Clark on a deep pass converts a third down and moves the ball into ECU territory.

-Touchdown, ECU. Minshew hits Davon Grayson on a slant from 9 yards out. Brutal start for the Hokies’ defense, as they allow a 75-yard drive. 7-0 Pirates.

-ECU QB Gardner Minshew hits Steve Baggett over the middle for a 41-yard gain on a play-action pass. Baggett could not have been more open.

-ECU picks up a first down on its opening possession.

Greetings from Greenville, North Carolina, we’re we are awaiting the start of No. 16 Virginia Tech against East Carolina. The Hokies are a 25-point favorite — up from a 21-point opening line. The game is on CBS Sports Network.

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