Beamer was pleased, too, but needs to see more.
"I thought our execution overall was better. I thought our special teams plays was much better," Beamer said. "But you're stepping it back up like you say, we're playing a lot more athletic team, more athletes running around this week than we did last week, so they've got to keep stepping it up."
With the Pirates averaging 41.5 points and led by a quarterback, Shane Carden, who has completed nearly 80 percent of his passes with seven touchdown passes and no interceptions, coach Ruffin McNeill still expects his team to be hard-pressed to continue that trend against Bud Foster's Hokies defense.
"His defensive units have his personality stamped on them," McNeill, who is 0-2 in his career against Virginia Tech, said. "They've always had athleticism on defense and length in the secondary with rangy and fast DB's. Up front, their defensive-line play is very quick, strong and disruptive."
Virginia Tech has won four straight at East Carolina.
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