Posted by Tom Fornelli
It may have taken three weeks, but the Virginia Tech Hokies are finally on the board with their first win of the season. While it probably doesn't completely remove the sting of last week's embarrassing loss to James Madison -- or the accompanying t-shirt -- it surely helps bring Hokie Nation back in off the ledge a bit.
What had been a back and forth first half in Blacksburg quickly turned into Virginia Tech domination in the second half, as the Hokies dominated the game's final 30 minutes, outscoring East Carolina 28-3 after halftime. The Pirates did extend their halftime lead to 27-21 before the Hokies just took over.
With the Hokies missing Ryan Williams, David Wilson stepped right in and took over, scoring the touchdown that gave Virginia Tech a 28-27 lead, and they never looked back. A few minutes later Wilson found the end zone again to extend the lead to 35-27.
Rashad Carmichael provided the final nail in the coffin early in the fourth quarter when he picked off a Dominique Davis pass and took it back 68 yards to the house. Carmichael would strike again later, picking off another Davis pass. On the very next play Tyrod Taylor hit Jarrett Boykin for a 69-yard touchdown to make it 49-27.
After that all the Hokies had to do was run out the clock.
Of course, while finally getting on the board with a victory is nice for Frank Beamer and the Hokies, there still could be some bad news when we find out how bad Ryan Williams' hamstring injury is. Though Darren Evans and David Wilson did fill in quite nicely, finishing with a combined 165 yards and three touchdowns.