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.