They say those who don’t study history are condemned to repeat it. Take the free lesson here, Hokies. The 2014 edition of the Virginia Tech Hokies were hosting one of those “awesome” noon kicks against upstart East Carolina. Fast forward three hours later, and the Hokies’ season never recovered. Keep in mind, the Hokies were fresh off the arguably biggest win in Frank Beamer’s history. They had done the unthinkable. They had traveled to “The Horseshoe” and beaten mighty Ohio State. The Hokies were riding an all time high, then East Carolina happened. More importantly, Shane Carden happened.
Carden was running a 7 on 7 drill against the Hokies’ defense. They put up 21 points in the first quarter alone. All of the touchdowns were Carden T.D. passes. The Hokies looked hung over, and the Pirates pounced. The Hokies put forth a valiant comeback, but it was too little too late. They actually tied the game at 21-21 with a Michael Brewer to Cam Phillips T.D., but the Pirates put together a drive and sealed the deal with a 28-21. Shane Carden did the honors on a one yard sneak. They traveled 65 yards on only three plays. This put the 2014 Hokies into a tailspin. They lost by a field goal the next week to the Geogia Tech Yellow Jackets. They eventually stumbled to a 7-6 finish. Message is simple: DON’T SLEEP ON EAST CAROLINA.