GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina figured to a minimum of land a haymaker. The Pirates always do against from the Hokies at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, generally resulting in a 15-round combat Virginia Tech.
Travon McMillian got in the loop too, running for 72 from the Hokies’ 287 hurrying yards and hauling inside a pop pass from Jackson over the middle and racing from the unhappy ECU defense for any 70-yard touchdown to separate Phillips’ two third-quarter touchdown passes.
They were given it Saturday. The defense looked covering-shocked early, quitting 17 first quarter points and 204 yards with backup quarterback Gardner Minshew obtaining the start, hearkening to past struggles at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, that has tripped in the Hokies before.
The Hokies’ 675 yards matched a group single-game record since 1987, matching the entire Tech been on a 1993 win against Pitt.
Sean Savoy added a 9-yard touchdown catch and Jalen Holston powered his means by for any 1-yard touchdown run, the very first of his career, to summarize a 34-point third quarter for that Hokies. It had been some point shy of the very most points Virginia Tech has scored in one quarter, just shy from the 35 the Hokies scored within the second quarter against Rutgers in 1999 and also the first quarter against Arkansas Condition in 2002.
The record-setter came two drives later, when Jackson went outrageous to Phillips for any 45-yard touchdown along with a 43-17 lead.
Phillips, as he’s been was his favorite target, dealing with the cusp of merely one-game Hokies receptions record with 12 catches for 109 yards in the half.
The offense wasn’t to become out-done. Jackson was sharp from the beginning, finishing 24 of 31 passes inside a little under 75 %. His 372 yards were probably the most ever with a Hokies newcomer inside a game and also the fifth-most by Virginia Tech quarterback since 1987. His five touchdown passes tied just one-game school record held by Bryan Randall and Jerod Evans.