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2013 Virginia Tech Football: What To Watch Vs. East Carolina

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Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1) vs. East Carolina Pirates (2-0)

Virginia Tech Offense vs. East Carolina Defense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • On defense, East Carolina runs a 3-4 scheme. This is their second year in that scheme, as they spent 2011 in the 4-3 base before McNeill opted to change it.
  • Defensively, the Pirates are giving up 371 yards per game, good for No. 58 nationally. They also are ranked No. 65 in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 25.5 points per game.
  • In rushing defense, East Carolina is No. 24 nationally, allowing only 97 yards per game. Through the air, they've allowed 274 yards per game, good for a No. 95 ranking in the nation.
  • After two games, the Hokies rank No. 96 in the nation in total offense with 337 yards per game
  • The Hokies rank No. 51 nationally in rushing with 195 yards on the ground per game.
  • Virginia Tech currently ranks No. 106 in the nation with 142 passing yards per game.
  • The Hokies rank tied for No.72 in the country in scoring offense with 27.5 points per game.

Virginia Tech Defense vs. East Carolina Offense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • The Pirates run an air raid offense.
  • The Pirates rank No. 74 nationally in total offense with 396.5 yards per game. They have scored 41.5 points per game, which ranks No. 29 in the nation.
  • ECU ranks No. 21 in passing offense so far in 2013 with 324.5 yards per game through the air.
  • Shane Carden has passed for 638 yards on 63-79 passing (80 percent) with 7 touchdowns and no interceptions so far this season.
  • Running back Vintavious Cooper leads the team with 133 yards on the ground, just 11 shy of the team total. Cooper has also added a touchdown.
  • The Pirates top receiver is Justin Hardy, who has caught 20 balls for 227 yards and a touchdown so far.
  • The Hokies are ranked No. 27 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 103.5 yards in one game.
  • Virginia Tech ranks No. 4 in the nation in passing defense, allowing only 80.5 yards passing per game.
  • The Hokies rank No. 4 nationally in total defense, allowing 184 yards per game.
  • Virginia Tech is tied for No. 41 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 19 points per game (though 21 of those 38 points were not allowed by the defense).

Watch the Box Score

  • Logan Thomas interceptions
  • Virginia Tech yards per carry
  • East Carolina time of possession
  • East Carolina passing yardage

Virginia Tech Players to Watch

East Carolina Players to Watch

  • 5 - Shane Carden, Jr., QB
  • 28 - Josh Hawkins, So., DB
  • 21 - Vintavious Cooper, Sr., RB OR Leoz Maxwell Jilliumz, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
  • 58 - Lee Pegues, Sr., DE

Final Score

Virginia Tech 31, East Carolina 20