September 18, 2010
Virginia Tech-ECU notes
Notes following Saturday's game with the Pirates
Cornerback Jayron Hosley is suspended for today’s game for a violation of team policy. In his place, true freshman Kyle Fuller got a start in the defensive backfield. Tech opened in a nickel package with Rashad Carmichael, Davon Morgan, Eddie Whitley, Antone Exum and Fuller starting for the Hokies.
Members of the 1965 football team were honored on the field before the game. That team played the first varsity game in Lane Stadium, defeating William & Mary en route to a 7-3 record.
Defensive end James Gayle, defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins, cornerback Kyle Fuller and defensive back Antone Exum all made their first collegiate starts.
Offensive tackle Nick Becton made his first appearance of the season on the Hokies’ third drive of the game. The redshirt sophomore from Wilmington, N.C., had been sidelined by turf toe.
Tailback Darren Evans scored his first touchdown since the Orange Bowl win against Cincinnati two seasons ago. He missed last year after suffering a torn ACL in preseason practice last year. He ended the game with 10 rushes for 91 yards and a score.
The last time Tech gave up 24 or more points in the first half was to Boston College in 2009. The Eagles scored 28 points in the first half and held on for a 28-23 win at Chestnut Hill. After giving up 278 yards in the first half, the Tech defense gave up just 83 yards in the second half.
With 32 yards rushing today, Tyrod Taylor became the all-time leader at Tech for rushing yards by a quarterback. He now sits with 1,728 yards, passing Bob Schweickert (1962-64), who had 1,723 yards rushing for his career.
Jarrett Boykin moved into eighth placed all time at Tech in career receiving yards with 118 yards against ECU. He now has 1,505 yards, passing Donald Snell (1983-86; 1,409 yards) and Bryan Still (1992-95; 1,458 yards). It was his sixth career 100-yard game.
David Wilson rushed for a career-high two touchdowns in the win. He had four previous touchdowns prior to the ECU game. He finished with 12 carries for 89 yards in the win.
Rashad Carmichael recorded his seventh career interception (first of the year) and returned it 68 yards for a score, his second career touchdown. It marks the 125th touchdown on defense or special teams and the 81st by the defense (53rd via interception) under head coach Frank Beamer. Carmichael becomes the 29th player under Beamer to score two or more touchdowns on defense or special teams in a career.
Kicker Justin Myer had a career-high six touchbacks.
Carmichael picked off another pass later in the game. The last time a Tech player had two interceptions in a game was in 2008 when both Macho Harris and Stephan Virgil had two apiece versus Duke.
The Hokies ran for 249 yards today. Since the start of the current bowl streak (1993 season), Tech is 97-7 when rushing for 200 yards or more.
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