GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Ryan Williams ran for a season-high 179 yards and No. 22 Virginia Tech avoided its first three-game losing streak in six years, holding off East Carolina 16-3 on Thursday night.
Tyrod Taylor had a 13-yard touchdown run, Matt Waldron kicked three field goals and Williams atoned for his critical miscue last week against North Carolina by cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the Hokies (6-3).
They held a 379-277 advantage in total yardage, forced three turnovers and made just enough plays to bounce back from losses to
No. 10 Georgia Tech and the Tar Heels. They also avenged last year's loss in which the Pirates turned the tables on Beamerball.
Patrick Pinkney was 16 of 33 passing for 167 yards with a late interception for East Carolina (5-4).