East Carolina at Virginia Tech

Evans' 4 touchdowns carry Hokies past East Carolina

By JIMMY ROBERTSON
Associated Press
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Jerod Evans said that he needed to clean up some things during Virginia Tech's upcoming off week.

The Hokies' fan base may be wondering what exactly that is. His play so far has been sparkling.

Evans, the Hokies' starting quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one to lift Virginia Tech over East Carolina 54-17 on Saturday.

The Hokies (3-1) scored on their final five possessions of the first half, including all four of their second-quarter possessions, to overwhelm East Carolina (2-2) and snap a two-game losing streak to the Pirates.

Evans completed 13 of 20 passes for a career-best 282 yards and rushed for a career-best 97 more. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes in three of the Hokies' first four games and is completing 67 percent of his passes.

''I missed a couple of things here and there,'' Evans said. ''I have a lot of things that I can get better at for sure.''

Evans entered the game with an ACC-best 10 touchdown passes this season. Of more importance to Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, he has thrown just one interception.

''I think he's pretty good,'' Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said of Evans. ''He's been judicious with the ball and he's going to the right place most of the time. He's been pretty efficient.''

Following a punt return for a touchdown by Greg Stroman and a touchdown run by Marshawn Williams that gave the Hokies a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Evans threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Isaiah Ford, 13 yards to Travon McMillian and 55 yards to Cam Phillips. That final score gave the Hokies a 38-0 halftime lead.

ECU quarterback Philip Nelson had 362 yards passing and two touchdown tosses to Jimmy Williams. The Pirates had 443 yards of offense, but committed three special teams mistakes, fumbled once and were sacked six times.

''We studied the film well and they had a lot of keys when they were sliding the protection,'' said Ken Ekanem, who had two of the Hokies' six sacks. ''We had a lot of indicators and we knew when someone was going to be left one-on-one. We look forward to one-on-one matchups and pride ourselves on winning those. We did a good job of that today.''

THE TAKEAWAY

EAST CAROLINA: Coming off a 20-15 loss at South Carolina and playing its third consecutive game against a Power 5 opponent, the Pirates looked a step slow and out of sorts from the opening kick. They went three-and-out on five first-half possessions. The Pirates hope to regroup now that they have finished the non-conference portion of their schedule.

''That was clearly the best football team that we have played,'' ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. ''The most physical. The biggest. The fastest. The strongest. The smartest. I thought they competed well in their scheme. They played great emotional football. They leaned on their crowd. They played a complete football game - as complete as it gets.''

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies dominated on special teams, scoring four touchdowns as a result of those units. Greg Stroman scored on an 87-yard punt return, and a blocked field goal attempt led to an Evans touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford. Cam Phillips blocked a punt that led to an Evans touchdown pass to Travon McMillian, and a sack of ECU punter Worth Gregory in the fourth quarter led to a 1-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Brenden Motley.

UP NEXT

EAST CAROLINA: The Pirates open AAC play next Saturday with a home game against UCF. ECU blasted the Golden Knights 44-7 last season for their first win in Orlando since 2008.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies are off next week before taking on North Carolina on Oct. 8 and will be looking to avenge last year's 30-27 overtime loss. The Hokies have won nine of the 12 meetings with the Tar Heels since joining the ACC.

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Scoreboard
East Carolina  (2-2)0014317
Virginia Tech  (3-1) «14249754
Scoring Summary
VATECHGreg Stroman 87 yd punt return (Joey Slye kick)
VATECHMarshawn Williams 6 yd run (Joey Slye kick)
VATECHIsaiah Ford 24 yd pass from Jerod Evans (Joey Slye kick)
VATECHTravon McMillian 13 yd pass from Jerod Evans (Joey Slye kick)
VATECHJoey Slye 20 yd FG
VATECHCam Phillips 55 yd pass from Jerod Evans (Joey Slye kick)
ECUJimmy Williams 75 yd pass from Philip Nelson (Jake Verity kick)
VATECHTeam safety
VATECHJerod Evans 55 yd run (Joey Slye kick)
ECUJimmy Williams 70 yd pass from Philip Nelson (Jake Verity kick)
VATECHBrenden Motley 1 yd run (Joey Slye kick)
ECUJake Verity 27 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 ECUVATECH
First Downs1618
Third Down Efficiency3-145-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-30-2
Plays-Net Yards69-44368-462
Rushes-Yds35-8145-167
Passing Yds362295
Kick Return Yds6161
Punt Return Yds-495
Passes17-34-015-23-0
Punts6-2306-272
Fumbles-Lost1-10-0
Penalties-Yds5-434-28
Time of Poss.29:5730:3
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
ECU: Anthony Scott 14-69, James Summers 10-34, Devin Anderson 2-5, Team 1--1, Philip Nelson 7--11, Worth Gregory 1--15
VATECH: Jerod Evans 10-97, Sam Rogers 9-29, Brenden Motley 5-26, Shai McKenzie 4-11, Travon McMillian 9-10, Marshawn Williams 3-8, Isaiah Ford 1-1, Team 4--15
PASSING
ECU: Philip Nelson 17-34-362-0
VATECH: Jerod Evans 13-20-282-0, Brenden Motley 2-2-13-0, Isaiah Ford 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING
ECU: Zay Jones 10-115, Jimmy Williams 3-179, Quay Johnson 2-44, Brandon Bishop 1-14, Anthony Scott 1-10
VATECH: Isaiah Ford 4-117, Jaylen Bradshaw 3-25, Bucky Hodges 2-47, Cam Phillips 1-55, Travon McMillian 1-13, Chris Cunningham 1-13, Sam Rogers 1-12, Divine Deablo 1-8, Devin Wilson 1-5
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
East Carolina4th American Athletic East1-73-9
Virginia Tech1st Atlantic Coast Coastal6-210-4

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