In 2014, it was through the air. In 2015, it was on the ground. In both cases, though, the Pirates came out with victories over the Hokies.
Quarterback Shane Carden had East Carolina ranked in the AP Poll in 2014. In a 28-21 win over Virginia Tech, Carden torched his opponent for 427 yards and three touchdowns passing. That loss for the Hokies also came the week after one of the bigger wins in school history, its 35-21 upset at No. 8 Ohio State.
And last season, it was quarterback James Summers who torched Virginia Tech on the ground. Summers ran for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Pirates took down the Hokies 35-28.
Last season, Foster said Summers came out of nowhere for his big game. This time, even though Summers isn't listed as the starter, Foster said he won't be caught off guard.
"I like just where we are now, defensively," Foster said. "Just in our structure and where we're fitting and guys with their reads and our secondary with their fits.We played so much man-free in that game and all of a sudden, you miss a tackle and there's a big play. I just feel like we're in a better place right now, as far as how we are defensively. We've gotta go execute still and that's what we did this past weekend, as opposed to the weekend before."
Check out the video above for Foster's full press conference from Tuesday night with members of the media.