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September 14, 2013

Impact Analysis: VT Gets By ECU

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GREENVILLE, NC -- There were a few times where senior kicker Cody Journell probably wished he were anywhere but on the Virginia Tech sideline after missing three field goals and an extra point this afternoon.

Luckily for Journell, he has a hell of a defense backing him up.

Following a quick, opening-drive touchdown by East Carolina, the Hokies' defense buckled down. Virginia Tech allowed just 204 yards of total offense while adding seven sacks and three interceptions. The deciding play though was a safety in the final minutes to give the visiting Hokies a 15-10 victory.

Journell was good on an extra point attempt following Virginia Tech's first touchdown, a 30-yard touchdown catch to sophomore wide receiver Demitri Knowles in the first quarter. But Journell, who battled back spasms earlier in the week, missed the extra point on the Hokies' second touchdown in the third quarter, a three-yard catch by senior wide receiver D.J. Coles.

Journell also missed on field goal tries of 38 and 40 yards. He also badly missed on a 32-yard attempt in the fourth quarter, but was bailed out by a running into the kicker penalty by East Carolina.

The defense made the stops they needed to, however, none bugger than a safety with 1:31 to play. Senior defensive end James Gayle stripped Pirates quarterback Shane Carden of the ball near his own goal line and the ball was recovered in the end zone.

Journell said after the game that he didn't blame any injury for his lack of accuracy. It helps though to have a suffocating defense giving him back up.



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