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Keys to the Game
Friday, September 17, 2010

By Kevin Monroe

East Carolina at Virginia Tech
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, 1:30 p.m. (TV:
Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA

For the fifth straight year, Kevin Monroe, color analyst for the Pirate ISP Sports Radio Network, provides “Kevin’s Keys to The Game,” his weekly breakdown of what East Carolina must do to beat its upcoming opponent. Monroe brings a unique perspective to the task as a member of the broadcast team and as a former star defensive back for the Pirates (1995-99).

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East Carolina can defeat Virginia Tech if it accomplishes these key objectives:

Contain Tyrod Taylor

The Pirates faced a fairly mobile quarterback, G.J. Kinne, in week one versus Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane signal caller was able to outflank the Pirate defense with his legs on a number of occasions. On Saturday ECU will face one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the country. Tyrod Taylor needs only 28 yards rushing to become Virginia Tech's all-time leading rusher from the quarterback position. He ranks in the top three in every QB rushing category at Tech. Let’s not forget that one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football history, Michael Vick, was a Hokie. Taylor has 179 yards rushing through two games, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. The Pirates must keep Taylor in the pocket and not allow him to scramble for extra yards on Saturday.

Be Special

Virginia Tech is widely known for “Beamer Ball,” its very effective approach to finding ways to score points on defense and special teams. Coach Frank Beamer decided long ago that he was going to make special teams as important as offense and defense. He was really the first coach to put his starters on special teams in an attempt to change the momentum of games by blocking and returning kicks. Coach Beamer’s teams have blocked 126 kicks in his 283-game tenure. He also believes in constantly probing for opportunities to score non-offensive touchdowns. East Carolina will need to take pride in the kicking game on Saturday. The Pirates can’t afford to give up a big play on special teams that allows the Hokies to control the momentum and keep their fans in the game.

Improve on 'D'

After two games ECU has scored 101 points, which is a new school record for back-to-back games. There is little concern as to what the Pirates can do on offense but, defensively, it’s been a different story. Tulsa ran up 49 points in the opener before the Pirate defenders bounced back a bit last week by holding Memphis to 27 points. Virginia Tech, having scored only five touchdowns through two games, doesn't match Tulsa's offensive fire power but does brandish a ton of talent. Running back Ryan Williams is a stud and torched the Pirates in 2008 as a freshman. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin is also a really good player. East Carolina will have its work cut out to keep the Hokies offense constrained.


East Carolina would get to 3-0 by winning this first non-conference game of the season. Lane Stadium seats 66,000-plus and it’s a tough place to play your first road game. The Pirates will have to settle down quickly and not let the Hokies jump out on them early. A victory for ECU will put the program back on the national scene. The Pirates have the offense to score with anybody, but they need to take care of the football and step up on defense to get this victory. The Tech team that lost to James Madison last week will not be the one that hosts the Pirates at Lane Stadium on Saturday. East Carolina will see a much better Hokie team.

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09/17/2010 03:08:28 AM


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