Losing to the best team in the nation hasn’t taken away any confidence from the Virginia Tech Hokies, who just won their second straight game after their season-opening Week 1 loss to the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
After an easy 42-3 victory against Furman, the Hokies went on the road and throttled the Purdue Boilermakers, 51-24. Leading by seven at halftime, the Hokies blew open the door with a dominant third quarter that ended up 17-0 in their favor. The Purdue offense ranks in the lower tier of the country and Virginia Tech’s defense took advantage, only allowing nine completions by starting quarterback Austin Appleby and picking him off twice.
There was also a Frank Beamer special in the game when the Hokies defense blocked a punt and returned it to the house to put the stamp on the game. After the touchdown, it was 41-17 and Virginia Tech was smooth sailing from there onto the final whistle.
The East Carolina Pirates, their next opponent, have faced back-to-back quality opponents over their past two ballgames, and thus, have failed to come away with a victory in those contests. After defeating Towson in the season opener, East Carolina lost by seven on the road to Florida, and then couldn’t handle Navy’s triple-option attack on the road, en route to a 45-21 defeat. The Pirates return home for the first time since September 5 when the Hokies visit this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
East Carolina started the season off on the wrong foot, losing starting quarterback Kurt Benkert a week after he was named the starter. The sophomore had a knee injury during an August practice. Junior Blake Kemp has filled in admirably, throwing for 893 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in his three games played. Kemp is coming off back-to-back games with three touchdown passes and one interception.
Virginia Tech football tickets are the second cheapest remaining for the rest of the season this weekend against East Carolina. According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price is $75.11 with a get-in price of $55. Surprisingly, the only cheaper game is against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium on October 17, although that could always change, with that clash still being weeks away. Flights to Raleigh through Hipmunk.com can get Hokies fans to a game on the road, in addition to Hipmunk having Raleigh hotels starting from only $36.
Virginia Tech starts its conference schedule after their meeting against the Pirates, with games against Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Miami (FL), Duke and Boston College to close out October.