Thomas Sirk threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns, and East Carolina held off UConn 41-38 on Sunday in the conference opener for both teams.
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Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns -- three to Cam Phillips -- to help No. 16 Virginia Tech beat East Carolina 64-17 on Saturday.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
East Carolina has a well-known history of upsetting ACC opponents, including Virginia Tech. Its early, put the Pirates have a lead on the Hokies and look like a far different team than the one that lost to James Madison and West Virginia.
Virginia Tech heavily favored over East Carolina
The Hokies have won five of their last seven meetings against East Carolina, including a dominating victory last season. But Virginia Tech lost the last time it faced the Pirates in Greenville.
The American Athletic Conference has adjusted the schedule for seven teams in the wake of Hurricane Irma, including rescheduling the USF-UConn game for Nov. 4.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
Justin Fuente on the change at DC for the Hokies' Week 3 opponent, ECU: "It certainly leaves some room for pondering what those changes may be, but we try not to chase ghosts. We'll prepare for what we've seen from them for the past year ... and have some good conversations about what we may or may not see."
East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery says quarterback Thomas Sirk is in the concussion protocol but if healthy is likely to start this week against No. 16 Virginia Tech.
East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery says defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson has been reassigned within the football program and will no longer coach.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
East Carolina's season is in a tailspin, and defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson has been reassigned to a non-coaching role. Defensive line coach Robert Prunty takes over as coordinator. The Pirates have allowed 1,232 yards in their first two games.
Will Grier threw five touchdown passes, including three to David Sills, to lead West Virginia to a 56-20 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.
East Carolina will start Thomas Sirk at quarterback this week at No. 21 West Virginia.
Cardon Johnson ran for two touchdowns and a career-best 265 yards, the Dukes rushed for 422 total yards, and James Madison beat East Carolina 34-14 in Saturday's opener to extend its win streak to 13 straight.