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Four takeaways from East Carolina's Loss at Virginia Tech

Yesterday, East Carolina fell to Virginia Tech 54-17 in Blacksburg. Here are four downs for four takeaways from Saturday's loss.

First Down

Just like last week, the Pirates got off to a slow start and dug themselves into a hole early.

The first time the Hokies touched the ball, they returned a punt for a touchdown and ended up with a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The offense was unable to get on track early as well going three-and-out on five first-half possessions.

Virginia Tech ended up going into halftime up 38-0 and the Pirates were never able to get back in the game

Second Down

The Pirates have to improve on special teams.

Even with Frank Beamer gone, Virginia Tech had "Beamer Ball" in full effect.

The Hokies returned a punt for a touchdown, blocked a punt, blocked a field goal, and stopped an attempted fake punt for a 15-yard loss.

They were able to take advantage of their big plays on special teams by scoring four touchdowns as a result of them.

The Pirates will have a lot of work to do to improve special teams this week in practice and must be better the rest of the season.

Third Down

Wide receiver Jimmy Williams has come on strong filling in for Davon Grayson.

Williams caught three passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

That gives him three touchdown catches in the Pirates first four games.

With opposing defenses having to give so much attention to Zay Jones, Williams has the opportunity to get some favorable matchups and could continue to be a big-time playmaker.

Fourth Down

Defensive Lineman Demetri McGill went down with an ankle injury in the second half and did not return. 

We will know more about the injury sometime this week after McGill has an x-ray tomorrow.

Things don't seem good at this point, as he was seen after the game on crutches and wearing a walking boot.

This would be a huge blow for the Pirates if he ends up missing substantial time.

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