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Hokies Led by Defense

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Cody Journell missed three kicks against ECU Cody Journell missed three kicks against ECU

The Virginia Tech football team improved to 2-1 Saturday, as the Hokies went on the road to defeat East Carolina 15-10 in their first true road game of the season.  

Tech trailed for most of the game, but senior quarterback Logan Thomas was able to rally the team with 258 yards and two passing touchdowns.

The Virginia Tech defense held the Pirates to just 204 yards of total offense.

True freshman cornerback Brandon Facyson had two interceptions against ECU.

He now leads the Hokies with three picks in three games.

Tech is allowing just a little over 100-yards passing per game this season.

Facyson says, "He was like, 'If you see this, do this.'  I saw that next drive, and I just ran inside and picked it.  The second time, Bonner made a heck of a drive on the outcut, and the ball was tipped in the air, and I had to come up and make a play."

Senior defensive end James Gayle says, "He's reminding me of Jayron Hosley, because Hosley used to leave with a couple of picks every game.  Hopefully he can continue to grow."  

Special teams were not nearly as effective.  

Senior place-kicker Cody Journell missed two field goals and an extra point against ECU.  

The field goal tries were from 38 and 40-yards.  

Journell is 2-of-4 on field goals this year.

Head coach Frank Beamer says, "We got to get our field goal kicker right.  He'll be right, he's way too good."

Journell says, "Honestly, this is probably the worst game I ever played in my whole career.  I apologized to the team about it.  They were all behind me.  I told them I would get on it this week, and make sure it never happened again."  

Virginia Tech will host Marshall next week at noon.

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