Virginia Tech rallied from a 21-0 deficit to tie the game, but East Carolina scored a late touchdown and pulled out a 28-21 victory over the Hokies at Lane on Saturday.
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden threw three first-quarter touchdown passes, but it was his 1-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left in the game that turned out to be the game winner.
The Hokies got on the board right before halftime on a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Brewer to Isaiah Ford to cut the lead to 21-7. They cut the lead to 21-14 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to Ford with 6:31 left and then tied the game on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to Cam Phillips with 1:20 remaining.
But Tech kicker Joey Slye kicked the ball out of bounds, giving East Carolina the ball at its 35. Pass plays of 31 and 28 yards to Cam Worthy sandwiched around an illegal substitution penalty on Tech put the ball at the Hokies’ 1. Carden then went over the left tackle for the winning score.
Brewer completed 30 of 56 passes for 298 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Marshawn Williams rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries.
Carden completed 23 of 47 for 427 yards and three touchdowns. Worthy caught six passes for 224 yards.
ECU snapped a four-game losing streak to the Hokies and won in Blacksburg for the first time since 1991.