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No. 16 Virginia Tech beats East Carolina 64-17 to reach 3-0

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) Virginia Tech made everything look easy, from its young quarterback connecting downfield with his go-to veteran to a defense that spent three quarters shutting down just about everything.

Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns - three to Cam Phillips - to help the 16th-ranked Hokies beat East Carolina 64-17 on Saturday, giving them a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011.

Virginia Tech trailed 17-7 after the first quarter, but roared out of that sluggish start by scoring 57 straight points to turn this into a rout. That included 34 points and four TD throws by Jackson in the third quarter alone.

''I didn't think anybody panicked,'' Hokies coach Justin Fuente said about the slow start. ''I think our guys have some confidence that they can respond. ... We didn't come into the game thinking was going to be easy. And I thought our guys kind of reflected that.''

Jackson was off to a solid start, first by throwing for 235 yards and running for 101 more in his debut against West Virginia and then by leading the Hokies to a shutout win against Delaware. But he broke loose with a huge statistical day against an overmatched defense.

''I'm just getting used to it,'' Jackson said. ''I'm three games in, so I'm just trying to get more confident.''

Then there was Phillips, who had a program-record 14 catches for 189 yards. He punctuated his day with a perfectly executed route that left him wide open, and Jackson hit him in stride for a 45-yard score with 7:46 left in the third quarter.

Both Jackson and Phillips called it a day before the fourth.

''It just seemed like the day was for me,'' Phillips said. ''They kept calling the plays for me, it seemed like Josh was putting the ball where it needed to be and I'd make a guy miss and get a couple of yards here, a first down there. Just a great day, and I'm blessed for it.''

Gardner Minshew threw for two scores for the Pirates, who fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2004.

''It all just stopped,'' Minshew said. ''We stopped executing and dug ourselves a hole. ... We were right there. It was our own fault we got out of it. We took ourselves out of the game.''

THE TAKEAWAY

VIRGINIA TECH: Jackson is playing mistake-free football with eight TD passes and no interceptions. The Hokies also showed a familiar defensive edge by locking down on the Pirates after an early burst. And they improved to 5-1 on the road under their second-year coach.

ECU: Things were already bad for second-year coach Scottie Montgomery and managed to get worse. The Pirates reassigned their defensive coordinator after last week's 56-20 loss at West Virginia, then gave up even more points and at least 600 yards (a season-high 675 Saturday) for the third straight game. And after their fast start fizzled to eliminate any chance of a desperation-fueled upset, the Pirates suffered their eighth loss by at least 20 points in 15 games under Montgomery.

''There was a lot we could build off of in the first half,'' Montgomery said. ''Not very much we can build off of in the second half.''

DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE

Minshew hit Trevon Brown for a 76-yard touchdown to highlight the Pirates' opening quarter. But after tallying 204 yards on 18 plays in the opening quarter, East Carolina managed a total of 8 yards on its next 15 plays.

Minshew, who started with Thomas Sirk recovering from a concussion, completed just four passes the rest of the game.

''I did tell them I think we might set a record today if we're not careful,'' Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said of ECU's 17-point first quarter. ''But the kids settled down and played good football the rest of the way.''

UP NEXT

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies host Old Dominion for an instate matchup on Sept. 23.

ECU: The Pirates visit Connecticut in a game rescheduled to Sept. 24 due to several postponements in the American Athletic Conference due to Hurricane Irma.

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Key Players
J. Jackson 17 QB
372 YDs, 5 TDs, 0 INTs
G. Minshew 5 QB
238 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:50
93-B.Johnson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
64
17
Touchdown 6:50
16-C.Fox runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
-19
yds
00:51
pos
63
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:40
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
57
17
Touchdown 0:40
13-J.Holston runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
4
yds
03:49
pos
56
17
Point After TD 5:54
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
50
17
Touchdown 5:54
17-J.Jackson complete to 15-S.Savoy. 15-S.Savoy runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
-26
yds
01:37
pos
49
17
Point After TD 7:46
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
43
17
Touchdown 7:46
17-J.Jackson complete to 5-C.Phillips. 5-C.Phillips runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
12
yds
02:13
pos
42
17
Point After TD 11:54
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
36
17
Touchdown 11:54
17-J.Jackson complete to 34-T.McMillian. 34-T.McMillian runs 70 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
12
yds
00:10
pos
35
17
Missed Two Point Conversion 12:53
17-J.Jackson incomplete. Intended for 5-C.Phillips.
plays
yds
pos
29
17
Touchdown 12:53
17-J.Jackson complete to 5-C.Phillips. 5-C.Phillips runs 31 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
02:07
pos
29
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:43
46-J.Slye 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-37
yds
01:03
pos
23
17
Field Goal 2:11
46-J.Slye 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
34
yds
05:36
pos
20
17
Field Goal 8:40
46-J.Slye 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
56
yds
2:48
pos
17
17
Point After TD 13:11
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 13:18
17-J.Jackson complete to 5-C.Phillips. 5-C.Phillips runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
79
yds
3:42
pos
13
17
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:39
9-J.Verity 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
15
yds
03:41
pos
7
17
Point After TD 7:55
9-J.Verity extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 7:55
5-G.Minshew complete to 88-T.Brown. 88-T.Brown runs 76 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
17
yds
00:49
pos
7
13
Point After TD 8:44
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:44
32-S.Peoples runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
26
yds
04:04
pos
6
7
Point After TD 12:53
9-J.Verity extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:53
5-G.Minshew complete to 85-D.Grayson. 85-D.Grayson runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
26
yds
02:07
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 35 12
Rushing 16 3
Passing 16 6
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 9-15 4-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 670 264
Total Plays 95 61
Avg Gain 7.1 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 287 40
Rush Attempts 62 31
Avg Rush Yards 4.6 1.3
Net Yards Passing 383 224
Comp. - Att. 25-33 11-30
Yards Per Pass 11.6 7.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-5 2-14
Penalties - Yards 10-110 16-108
Touchdowns 8 2
Rushing TDs 3 0
Passing TDs 5 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 2-46.0 6-38.0
Return Yards 57 39
Punts - Returns 3-10 1--1
Kickoffs - Returns 2-37 2-40
Int. - Returns 1-10 0-0
Kicking 10/10 3/4
Extra Points 7/7 2/2
Field Goals 3/3 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
16 Virginia Tech 3-0 71634764
East Carolina 0-3 1700017
383 PASS YDS 224
287 RUSH YDS 40
670 TOTAL YDS 264
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
77.4% 372 5 0 231.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 829 8 0 177.7
J. Jackson 24/31 372 5 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 72 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 121 1
T. McMillian 11 72 0 19
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 55 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 113 1
D. McClease 11 55 0 16
J. Holston 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 39 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 39 1
J. Holston 10 39 1 10
C. Fox 16 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 34 1
C. Fox 8 34 1 9
S. Peoples 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 26 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 71 1
S. Peoples 8 26 1 6
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
C. Carroll 1 5 0 5
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
S. Savoy 1 1 0 1
J. Clark 89 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
J. Clark 2 -1 0 8
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 115 1
J. Jackson 3 -5 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
14 189 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 417 5
C. Phillips 14 189 3 45
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 70 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 77 2
T. McMillian 1 70 1 70
J. Clark 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 42 0
J. Clark 1 34 0 34
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 30 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 30 1
S. Savoy 4 30 1 17
H. Murphy 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 29 0
H. Murphy 2 29 0 16
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
D. McClease 1 15 0 15
D. Keene 29 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
D. Keene 1 14 0 14
H. Grimsley 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
H. Grimsley 1 7 0 7
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 69 0
C. Carroll 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Reynolds 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Reynolds 2-1 0.0 0
T. Hill 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 1.0
T. Hill 2-0 1.0 0
A. Motuapuaka 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
A. Motuapuaka 1-1 0.5 0
R. Walker 8 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Walker 1-0 0.0 0
X. Burke 43 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
X. Burke 1-0 0.0 0
Tr. Edmunds 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Tr. Edmunds 1-0 0.0 0
J. Hewitt 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Hewitt 1-0 0.0 0
K. Ladler 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Ladler 1-1 0.0 0
R. Minor 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Minor 1-0 0.0 0
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
G. Stroman 0-0 0.0 1
D. Deablo 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
D. Deablo 0-1 0.5 0
J. Taylor 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Taylor 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Slye 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 6/6
SEASON FG XP
6/9 13/13
J. Slye 3/3 37 6/6 15
B. Johnson 93 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
0/0 1/1
B. Johnson 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. Bradburn 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 46.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 46.1 0
O. Bradburn 2 46.0 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Clark 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.5 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 26.0 21 0
J. Clark 2 18.5 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 14.0 5 1
G. Stroman 2 3.5 5 0
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 2.0 3 0
C. Carroll 1 3.0 3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Minshew 5 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
36.7% 238 2 1 118.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
41% 457 3 2 113.6
G. Minshew 11/30 238 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Dye 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 102 0
T. Dye 11 31 0 9
D. Scott 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 60 1
D. Scott 9 15 0 9
H. Howe 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 71 0
H. Howe 4 10 0 7
D. Pinnix 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 9 1
D. Pinnix 4 2 0 6
R. Herring 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
R. Herring 1 1 0 1
G. Minshew 5 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 -19 0
G. Minshew 2 -19 0 -9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Brown 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 107 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 253 2
T. Brown 4 107 1 76
S. Baggett 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 46 0
S. Baggett 1 41 0 41
T. Dye 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 48 0
T. Dye 1 30 0 30
Q. Johnson 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 85 0
Q. Johnson 1 27 0 27
M. Gray 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
M. Gray 1 11 0 11
Ji. Williams 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 136 1
Ji. Williams 1 9 0 9
D. Grayson 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 171 1
D. Grayson 1 9 1 9
H. Howe 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 10 0
H. Howe 1 4 0 4
T. Deans 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
T. Deans 0 0 0 0
A. Watley 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Watley 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Wiggins 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Wiggins 1-0 0.0 0
X. Smith 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
X. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
R. Purvis 89 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Purvis 1-0 0.0 0
C. Gibbs 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Gibbs 1-0 0.0 0
J. Price 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Price 0-1 0.5 0
T. Owens 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
T. Owens 0-1 0.5 0
S. James 50 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
S. James 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Verity 9 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/6 6/6
J. Verity 1/2 35 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Barnes 17 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 38.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 41.7 1
A. Barnes 6 38.0 1 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Love 35 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 20.7 19 0
C. Love 1 19.0 19 0
H. Howe 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 18.0 21 0
H. Howe 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Johnson 23 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 -1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
Q. Johnson 1 -1.0 -1 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:48 VATECH 16 4:04 13 26 TD
7:55 VATECH 25 1:27 4 24 Punt
2:28 VATECH 21 2:25 8 50 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:01 VATECH 36 3:21 11 -1 FG
7:47 VATECH 21 5:36 15 62 FG
1:46 ECU 28 1:03 4 -37 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VATECH 25 2:07 6 75 TD
12:04 VATECH 30 0:10 2 12 TD
9:59 VATECH 30 2:13 7 12 TD
7:31 ECU 32 1:37 5 -26 TD
4:29 VATECH 38 3:49 8 4 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:37 VATECH 9 3:02 7 15 Punt
7:41 ECU 34 0:51 4 34 TD
5:01 VATECH 36 4:40 9 24 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ECU 25 2:07 9 75 TD
8:44 ECU 25 0:49 3 17 TD
6:20 ECU 20 3:41 10 15 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:11 ECU 25 1:03 3 9 Punt
8:36 ECU 25 0:38 3 -2 Punt
2:07 ECU 25 0:13 3 -2 INT
0:36 ECU 34 0:33 3 -1 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:53 ECU 25 0:37 5 -11 Punt
11:54 ECU 25 1:50 8 45 FG Miss
7:46 ECU 25 0:06 2 7 FUMBLE
5:54 ECU 25 1:15 3 5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ECU 39 3:15 10 22 Punt
8:27 ECU 34 0:39 2 0
6:44 ECU 19 1:34 3 6 Punt