The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly From The Hokies’ Loss to East Carolina

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Sep 13, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; East Carolina Pirates quarterback Shane Carden (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly

Well Hokie fans, the ugly parts of the game were definitely ugly.  At times, the game on Saturday was almost unbearable to watch and fans, I remember the years of blowouts and barely winning enough games to keep fans interested.

The first ugly part was the first quarter of the game.  The Hokies found themselves down 21 points after the first 15 minutes of play.  That quarter was where the Pirates gained most of their 370 yards they racked up in the first half.  Shane Carden torched the Hokies all quarter, throwing the football all over Lane Stadium.  This quarter is one that Hokie fans hope never happens again and one that hopefully the defense will never forget.

Another ugly part was the pass defense of the Hokies.  Coming into the game, fans as well as the Hokie coaching staff knew East Carolina had a brilliant quarterback with tons of weapons at his disposal.  Shane Carden made a believer out of the Hokie secondary, as well as all the fans in Lane Stadium throwing for 427 yards.

Carden exploited Bud Fosters defensive scheme of playing single coverage on the outside receivers.  These receivers were better than all the secondary with the exception of Kendall Fuller.  The Pirates used the deep pass to jump start their offensive drives.  Cam Worthy was a huge force and a great target for Carden.

Worthy caught only 6 balls but for an amazing 224 yards.  When the front seven of the Hokies were not able to get pressure on Carden, he would put the ball up in the air and the Pirates, Worthy and his counterparts on the outside, made the plays the Hokies were unable to make.