ECU vs. Virginia Tech Gameday blog
Hey TEC readers,
The Hokies managed to edge out the Pirates late in the game with two rushing scores by Josh Oglesby on Saturday. The final tally of the home opener at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was 17-10, Virginia Tech. ECU established an early lead and played sound defense, but after the half the offense looked unorganized at best, failing to produce. It was a bit of role reversal for the Pirates as they played decent defense, while having a muddled attack. The team appeared deflated by the defeat (during the post game), especially quarterback Dominique Davis who blamed the loss solely on himself. ECU has an open Saturday next week, so they will have amble time to prepare for conference play. A full game recap will be published in the Tuesday edition of TEC and there is an available play-by-play linked below, along with my quarterly updates. Thanks for reading, especially for our faithful followers of the play-by-play, thanks for sticking by as I did my best to bring the game to you. Stay tuned for our next Gameday blog Sept. 24 against UAB.
Kickoff inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is set for today at 3:30p.m. If you can’t make it to the game, follow along on the TEC sports blog. Updates will be provided every quarter and there is an available link for live play-by-play.
The Pirates and the Hokies have just taken field for pregame warmups. ECU is once again sporting the “skull and bones” helmets, with the purple jerseys and white pants. Virginia Tech is in its all white road jerseys. The Hokies received a warm welcome from the Student Pirate Club with a bevy of boos. Stay tuned for the in game play-by-play.
1st quarter: 7-0 ECU
In what was a wild first quarter, the Pirates managed the game’s first scores on 3 yard carry by Reggie Bullock. The ECU offense traveled the field at an exhausting tempo, and managed to get the Hokie offense to go off sides three times. The Virginia Tech offense managed to make a good drive after they were pinned at its own 2 yard line, after a punt. They got to the goal line but failed to put the ball in, and kicker Cody Journell missed a 30-yard field goal on fourth down. The Hokies have the ball to start the 2nd quarter at midfield.
2nd quarter: 7-3 ECU
The Pirates were unable to score in the second quarter, but the ECU defense came up big, preventing two touchdown passes and forcing the Hokies to settle for a field goal. Defensive back Damon Magazu made the best play of the day (thus far) with a toe dragging interception on a touchdown pass attempt by VT’s Logan Thomas. Following the two failed end zone passes and several near interceptions during the half the Hokies resorted to run the ball the rest of the half. Placekicker Cody Journell booted a 49 yard field goal for VT’s first score of the game. Virginia Tech was called for eight penalties and a total of 51 yards, while ECU made its way out of the half with no penalties. At halftime the Pirates lead 7-3.
3rd quarter: 10-10
The Hokies came out of the tunnel with early momentum. Virginia Tech came down the field from its own 22 yard line, the drive ended in a 1-yard rushing score by back up tail back Josh Oglesby. On the following Pirate drive Davis was intercepted. As soon as the VT offense took the field they lost the ball again to the ECU defense. On the second drive of the third quarter Michael Barbour knocked in a 48 yard field goal to tie this game up at 10-all. Heading into the fourth quarter this game is up in the air.
4th quarter: 17-10 VT
Virginia Tech’s Josh Oglesby runs in his second rushing score of the day after the Hokies drove the length of the field. Pirates failed to convert on several drives. Though the Hokies racked up 12 penalties for 92 yards and ECU was void of penalties the offense simply failed to come through in the closing minutes of the game. In all the Pirates finished 112 yards of total offense, including -15 rushing yards. Dominique Davis was 20-38 with an interception, but was sacked five times behind the line. ECU only converted 3 of 12 third down conversion.