Tech Defense Puts on a Clinic Against ECU

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The following is a transcription of a phone interview with Raleigh Hokie.

Half of East Carolina’s yards came on their first two possessions. Did Bud Foster make adjustments after those first two drives?

I didn’t get a chance to see the beginning of the game, because the Iowa-Iowa State game went into overtime. It was all down and distance stuff. The thing we were able to do is keep them out of third and short and second and short more of the time. When you jump offsides, instead of third and eight, it’s third and three, so they were able to move the ball down the field early in the game.

That was a clinic. They played it like I thought they would play it, nickel pretty much the whole game. They tackled well. They kept ECU from situations where they could run their hurry up. The defense was able to dictate. When I said before the season that I was really excited but didn’t know why … well, I think I know why now. I’m a defensive guy, and we thought the defense was going to be a whole lot better this year, and that’s probably why I was so excited.

Tech had five sacks against ECU. Was that mostly because the coverage was so good downfield?

That’s an interesting question. Certainly some of them were coverage sacks. Dominique Davis has a blindside when it comes to Virginia Tech. The scheme is different, the system is different. It takes some quarterbacks awhile to figure out where they are supposed to go with the ball against Tech.

That offense is geared towards post snap reaction and taking what the defense is giving you and getting the ball away quickly. ECU probably doesn’t sight adjust against our scheme like they do against others. We show all these combination coverages, and it’s tough to get a feel for it. Their offensive line is not supposed to be pass protecting for three or four seconds. Their whole scheme in pass protection is getting a body on a body. If you hold the guy up for just a second, the ball is going to be out of there.

That wasn’t the case on Saturday. I think it all goes back to a combination of how well we were covering, how our coverage schemes were disguised, and that one little second of hesitation because of how our scheme is. It takes that extra little bit of time to figure out where you want to go with the ball.

Besides Jayron Hosley,