September 24, 2016
Evans, special teams help Tech roll past ECU
Tech's quarterback accounted for four touchdowns and four big plays on special teams led to 28 points in a 54-17 rout
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  • Lane/Worsham Field - 63,712
  • Passing: Jerod Evans 282 yds
  • Rushing: Jerod Evans 97 yds
  • Receiving: Isaiah Ford 117 yds
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BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the Hokies made three big plays on special teams, as they scuttled the East Carolina Pirates 54-17 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

The Hokies (3-1) scored on their final five possessions of the first half, including all four of their second-quarter possessions. They jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead, overwhelming East Carolina (2-2) and snapping a two-game losing streak to the Pirates.

Evans completed 13 of 20 passes for a career-high 282 yards and rushed for a career-high 97 more. He entered the game having thrown an ACC-best 10 touchdown passes and has thrown just one interception on the season. He threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Isaiah Ford, 13 yards to Travon McMillian and 45 yards to Cam Phillips.

Three of the big special teams plays came in the first half. Greg Stroman scored the Hokies’ first touchdown on an 87-yard punt return in the first quarter, and a blocked field goal led to a touchdown pass from Evans to Ford. Phillips blocked a punt by East Carolina punter Worth Gregory in the second quarter, and the Hokies took advantage, scoring on a 13-yard pass from Evans to McMillian.

The other big special teams play came in the second half with the game already decided. ECU attempted a fake punt that the Hokies snuffed out and that led to a 1-yard run by Brenden Motley.

“I was happy with the way we made big plays on special teams,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. “Obviously, in the first half, it was a big part of the game. We played really well on offense and defense. We got a little sloppy in the second half, but we were playing a good team and we didn’t move the ball as well as we wanted on offense. We gave up a couple of big plays on defense.

“By and large, I’m please with the kids and the way they went about it. There is a lot we can learn from this film moving forward as we head into our bye week.”

ECU quarterback Philip Nelson had 362 yards passing and two touchdown tosses to Jimmy Williams. The Pirates had 443 yards of offense, but committed the three special teams mistakes, fumbled once and were sacked six times.

QUOTES TO NOTE

(Justin Fuente on the Hokies’ quick starts the past two games)

“I think our guys are learning how we want them to prepare. That doesn’t guarantee that we’ll jump out on everyone like that. I do think we have a good mindset and have a good plan. We’ve got intelligent players who can make adjustments when we need to. I see our team continuing to understand what we’re shooting for, so to speak and how we want to play and how we want to prepare. I hope they’re seeing the success they’re having when they’re doing it the way we’re asking. I don’t know if it will be a trend. I’ll be all for it if it is. I like our group.”

(Fuente on Evans)

"I think he's pretty good. He's been judicious with the ball and he's going to the right place most of the time. He had a couple of balls that I wish he had given us a little better chance to catch today, but he made some plays. He made a big play with his feet in the second half. He's been pretty efficient."

OF NOTE

• Stroman’s punt returned tied for the third-longest punt return in the modern era (post-1950) and the second career punt return for a touchdown.

• Stroman became just one of 10 Hokies since 1987 to score three ore more touchdowns on defense or special teams in his career.

• Ford caught four passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown reception marked the 21st of his career, leaving him one shy of Antonio Freeman’s school record.

• Tech blocked both a punt and a field-goal attempt in the game, marking the first time the Hokies have blocked two kicks in the same game since a win over Marshall on Sept. 21, 2013.

• The Hokies scored at least 49 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1999 when they scored 58 against Rutgers and 62 against Syracuse.

UP NEXT

The Hokies are off next week before taking on North Carolina on Oct. 8 and will be looking to avenge last year's 30-27 overtime loss in what was former head coach Frank Beamer’s final home game. The Hokies have won nine of the 12 meetings with the Tar Heels since joining the ACC.

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