ECU Beats Virginia Tech in a Thriller 27-22

T.J. Lee blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown with 1:52 left to help East Carolina stun No. 17 Virginia Tech 27-22 on Saturday.

The Hokies are known for excellence on defense and special teams. They seemed to have control of the game thanks to Stephan Virgil's 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown and his 2-point conversion off a blocked extra point.

But it was the Pirates (1-0), who came up with the big plays on defense and special teams in the end, scoring the game's final 15 points and continuing the program's recent turnaround under coach Skip Holtz.

The Pirates out did the Hokies with 369 total yards. Virginia Tech finished with 243 yards. 211 of the Pirates' yards coming in the air. They also out rushed the Hokies with 158 yards on the ground. Each team finished the game with two turnovers.

Patrick Pinkney turned in a strong performance, going 19-23 for 211 passing yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Now ECU hopes to do the same to West Virginia at their home opener on Saturday September 6.

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  • by Melissa Location: Plymouth on Sep 7, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    HEY HEY HEY all this trash talking before the game gets embarassing after the game.Where are all those WVU fans now? Home crying I'm sure. I hope some of those trash talkers are State and Carolina fans cause you guys have a long year ahead. I'm sure State's shaking in their cleats and Carolina's thanking God they don't have to play the PIRATES. GO PIRATES
  • by Narciso Location: Washington on Sep 6, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    Winning is a good thing. But listen to these people talking. Sometimes defeat is also a good thing. It can be a future stepping stone. Bunch of fighting words. In any sports competition, "One will go home a winner and one will go home with agony of defeat." Relax and enjoy the game, and may the best team win.
  • by No ECU Location: Nowhere on Sep 2, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    XXX come back and talk to me when WVU romps ECU!
  • by XXX Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    To No ECU, I pose the same questions to you as to football fan(not much of a fan of football). And as I said before; if you don't have anything positive to say, then you and football fan can go blog with rev. wright and his.........people.
  • by No ECU Location: Nowhere on Sep 2, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    Come on people, its not like ECU dominated VA Tech and beat them 52-7. ONE LUCKY BOUNCE is why ECU won.
  • by Veronica Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    HOW BOUT THEM PIRATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we've got Skip for a few more years!!!
  • by XXX Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2008 at 12:34 PM
    Let's see football fan, the reason you don't like ECU is; You got in trouble with the campus police? You screwed up and flunked out? ECU would'nt except you? Yea we have freedom of speech but if you don't have something positive to contribute, then go spread your negative comments elsewhere. You sound like Rev. wright.
  • by Mark Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    Villanova scored 21 points against West Virgina. Don't count the Pirates out. West Virginia's defense is suspect.
  • by fmrecpirate Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    "football fan" ....Dave was referring to Penn State beating those two teams not ECU. I bleed purple but if you watched Alabama and Clemson the speed of the game is much faster than what we saw in Charlotte. Not saying that ECU can't win against teams but we certainly can't give points away to WV and think we can win.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    You unbelievers from here that want to not jump on hthe onle college in the area, Why don't all of you get on and look at other web sites and keep your anal attitudes and go to west virginia web sites and let ECU enjoy it's win

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