Boykin breaks receptions mark: Tech receiver Jarrett Boykin became the school’s all-time leader in receptions with a leaping 20-yard catch from quarterback Logan Thomas in the second quarter of Tech’s game with ECU. He finished with four catches for 48 yards in the game.
Boykin, a senior, now has 129 catches for his career, snapping the previous mark of 126 held by former receiver Ernest Wilford.
“I’m glad I finally got it and can it out of the way now,” Boykin said. “I feel like it’s been a little distraction. When I caught it, in the back of my head, I was happy. But at the same time, we were down, so it was nothing I could celebrate.
“I’m sure, when I look back on my life, I’ll realize that I really accomplished something.”
Boykin also continue to move up the list in career receiving yardage. He needs just 21 yards to move past Antonio Freeman into second place on Tech’s all-time list. Freeman finished with 2,207 yards for his career. The school’s all-time leader is Ricky Scales, who had 2,272 yards receiving his career.
Coale also moving up: Tech receiver Danny Coale is moving up the chart in a couple of categories as well. Coale, who caught two passes for 25 yards against ECU, needs just 13 yards receiving to move past Josh Morgan (1,817 yards) into sixth place on the all-time list.
Coale also needs just five catches to move past Scales into sixth place for career receptions.
Tech defense answers the challenge: In its opener against South Carolina, ECU scored 37 points in a 56-37 loss in Charlotte. But the Pirates found the going much tougher against the Hokies, scoring just 10 points and finishing with only 112 yards of offense.
ECU quarterback Dominique Davis completed 20 of 38 for 127 yards, with an interception. But he was sacked five times – by five different Tech players – and his longest completion went for only 19 yards.
“Our initial goal was to stop the run,” backer Tariq Edwards said. “Then we needed for our DB’s to stay in their zones and for our defensive linemen to rush the quarterback, and that’s what we did. He had to get out of the pocket a few times, and we were able to get to him.”
Fuller notches career first: Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller recorded his first career interception when he picked off the pass of ECU quarterback Dominique Davis in the third quarter. Fuller, a sophomore, enjoyed a big game, recording four tackles, including two for a loss, in addition to the interception.
“They ran the same play on the first or second drive [of the game],” Fuller said, referring to the interception. “They got me on that play, so when I saw it, I said to myself that it wasn’t going to happen again. I had an opportunity and made the play.”
NC ties: Seven players who dressed for the game hail from the state of North Carolina. The group includes Josh Oglesby, Eddie Whitley, James Hopper, Barquell Rivers, Nick Becton, Michael Via and Boykin. Whitley and Boykin started against ECU.
Toasty conditions: The game-time temperature at East Carolina was 85 degrees, making the game tied for the fifth hottest at kickoff during the Frank Beamer era. The hottest game at kickoff under Beamer was the Miami game in both 1993 and 1994 when the temperature was 88 degrees.
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