2008 Monday Thoughts: East Carolina

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We had been hearing all summer that the Tech coaches were very concerned
about their opener with ECU, and on Saturday we found out why. Some of Virginia
Tech’s problems against the Pirates can be traced to youth and inexperience, but
at the same time, some old demons reared their heads. The 2008 season is off to
an ominous start.

A stroll through the
game stats
shows that East Carolina outplayed the Hokies in every single
statistical category, save two: penalties and kickoff return yards. The Pirates
attacked harder on defense and got more penetration, they executed much better
on offense than the Hokies did, and in general ECU was the more experienced,
more talented, and better conditioned team.

There were a handful of plays that kept the Hokies ahead, though, almost till
the bitter end. ECU was generous, giving up a lateral for a TD and fumbling
another kickoff to set up a Hokie touchdown. VT scored 14 points from those
gaffes, and all the Tech offense had to do was drive 25 yards to cash in one of
the scores.

Tech
also made a little of their own good fortune. Stephan Virgil returned

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