“Early there I thought they hit us on a couple things but after that we got after them pretty good,” said Beamer, who became the 10th coach to win 200 games at one major-college school.
Of Davis‘ 20 completions, six resulted in a gain of three yards or less. The Hokies also sacked the elusive Pirate quarterback, who began his career at Boston College, five times.
East Carolina managed only 112 total yards, the fourth lowest total in program history, despite the difficulty in containing an offense last held to less than 300 yards on Nov. 5, 2009 – the last time the Hokies visited Greenville.
“It’s very tough,” cornerback Kyle Fuller said. “Everybody on the defense has to be doing their job. You can’t have guys lagging. You have to have 11 guys going to the ball because you never know who is going to make the tackle.”
Perhaps that guessing game will continue for weeks to come. While the offense sputtered at times — even though David Wilson ran for 138 yards and the Hokies crafted a long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter capped by Oglesby’s 10-yard rumble — the defense was stout throughout.
Not that it’s anything new for a Beamer-coached team.
“I think you can throw young guy [thing] out the window,” Taylor said. “We have two games under our belt against two quality teams. They’re young and they’re hungry, they’re green, they’re growing, so they’ll be ready to come out here next week and do it again.”
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