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Virginia Tech's Kyshoen Jarrett carries the ball against East Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C., Saturday.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson had two interceptions Saturday against East Carolina, giving the true freshman three already in his nascent career.
"He's a baller," head coach Frank Beamer said, stealing a phrase from a younger generation.
Facyson, a 6-foot-2, 188-pounder from Newnan, Ga., is starting to gain a reputation as a play-maker. Kendall Fuller was the more hyped of the two freshmen, and has played extremely well as a starter early on, but Facyson is right there with him.
"They aren't playing like freshmen," Beamer said.
The Hokies used their nickel package almost exclusively against East Carolina's spread, putting Facyson on the field with both Fullers, Kendall and Kyle, as cornerbacks.
Facyson jumped a Shane Carden pass in the first quarter, cutting in front of a receiver across the middle to make his first pick. His second came in the third quarter, off a ball tipped into the air by safety Detrick Bonner.
"He's reminding me of Jayron Hosley, because Jayron Hosley used to leave with a couple picks every game," defensive end James Gayle said.
Facyson nearly had another pick, barely missing one as he dove on a ball in the first quarter. The ECU receiver caught it for a 21-yard gain, although Facyson's not backing away from his aggressiveness.
"My hand grazed the ball," Facyson said. "He actually got it off, but next time, I'm coming for it."
With his final completion of the first half, a 5-yarder to Willie Byrn, quarterback Logan Thomas moved into first place on the Hokies' all-time completion list.
It was Thomas' 496th career completion. He moved past Tyrod Taylor (495 from 2007-10), Will Furrer (494 from 1998-91) and Bryan Randall (490 from 2001-04) on Saturday.
Thomas, who now has 513 career completions, went 25 for 43 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
He breathed a sigh of relief on one of his throws, a pass in the flat to start the fourth quarter that ECU linebacker Montese Overton dropped. It would have been an easy touchdown.
"I didn't even see him," Thomas said. "Apparently he rushed the tackle and then faded out. ... Thankfully he didn't make the best play possible."
Did Thomas exhale after that one?
"Yeaaaaah. Yeah, I'd say so," he said.
Could have been worse
Gayle separated his left shoulder after rolling over ECU quarterback Shane Carden on a second quarter sack.
"They had to reset it on the sideline," he said. "I've never done that before. I thought I was dying."
He had it wrapped and returned in the second half, making a big play near the end when he sacked Carden in the end zone for a safety.
The Pirates had a scary injury of their own. Cornerback Joshua Hawkins went down at the end of a third quarter play. After tending to him on the field for several minutes, trainers immobilized his neck and put him on a stretcher. He waved his arms to the crowd to show he was OK.
Hawkins was taken to an area hospital but was released after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Brent Benedict started in place of Laurence Gibson at right tackle. He had worked in some there the previous week before sliding inside for an injured Andrew Miller at guard. Gibson dressed Saturday and was not on the injury report. ... Twice prior to Saturday kicker Cody Journell missed a field goal and an extra point in the same game. He had never missed more than one field goal, however. He missed two, an extra point and another field goal that was negated by a penalty Saturday. ... Gayle wasn't the only defensive end to put up big numbers. Senior J.R. Collins had five tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss on the other end of the line.
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