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Chat: Tar Heels take a 48-34 win over Virginia Tech

Posted October 4, 2012
Updated October 6, 2012

48-34 UNC

Fourth Quarter:

Casey Barth booted his second field goal of the day, this one from 40 yards out, to push UNC's lead to 14.

48-34 UNC, 5:34 4Q

Logan Thomas found Corey Fuller for a 66-yard bomb to give the quarterback his second touchdown toss of the day. The Hokies picked up the two-point conversion, too.

45-34 UNC, 8:55 4Q

Third Quarter:

Following a 51-yard run by Giovani Bernard, A.J. Blue gets into the end zone on a 13-yard dive up the middle.

45-26 UNC, 1:19 3Q

Casey Barth hit a 44-yard field goal, his longest of the season, to add onto UNC's lead.

38-26 UNC, 3:56 3Q

Virginia Tech answered UNC's kickoff return touchdown with one of its own following Tapley's touchdown. The Hokies went for the two-point conversion but couldn't get it.

35-26 UNC, 7:36 3Q

Travis Hughes stripped the ball out of Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes' hands to give possession back to the Tar Heels. On the next drive, UNC used four plays to get into the end zone.

35-20 UNC, 7:49 3Q

Halftime: 28-20 UNC

Second Quarter:

Virginia Tech could only add a field goal following a muffed punt by Giovani Bernard, but the Hokies cut into UNC's lead.

28-20 UNC, :45 2Q

Following a big catch by Eric Ebron near the goal line, A.J. Blue punched the ball into the end zone on a one-yard run.

28-17 UNC, 4:09 2Q

Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell nailed a 40-yard field goal to cut UNC's lead to four.

21-17 UNC, 7:45 2Q

On the first play of the quarter, Giovani Bernard broke through the Virginia Tech defense for a 62-yard touchdown run that put UNC back ahead of the Hokies.

21-14 UNC, 14:45 2Q

First Quarter:

Logan Thomas hit Marcus Davis on a deep, 49-yard pass to tie the game again.

Tied 14-14, 2:15 1Q

North Carolina put together its first solid drive of the day, and Bryn Renner capped it with a three-yard run for the touchdown.

14-7 UNC, 4:41 1Q

Following Virginia Tech's touchdown, Sean Tapley answered with a touchdown of his own on the ensuing kickoff.

Tied 7-7, 12:41 1Q

After a problematic start for UNC, which committed three false starts on its first drive, Logan Thomas scrambled 13 yards for the first touchdown of the day.

7-0 Virginia Tech, 12:55 1Q

Seeking their first home win over Virginia Tech since 1938, the North Carolina Tar Heels welcome the Hokies to Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill this Saturday.

The two teams have met just five times in Chapel Hill since 1938, but Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 18-9-6, and has not lost to the Tar Heels since joining the ACC in 2004.

Virginia Tech is coming off a tough 27-24 setback at Cincinnati, as Bearcats quarterback Munchie Legaux tossed a game-winning 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining in regulation. It was the second loss in the last three weeks for the Hokies, who were ranked as high as No. 13 before falling to Pittsburgh on Sept. 15. The Hokies will now try to continue their dominance in the state of North Carolina, where they are 13-0 in ACC regular-season games since joining the league.

North Carolina is coming off a 66-0 rout of Idaho, marking the second time this season the team has topped 60 points. Both of the Tar Heels' losses came on the road, while they are 3-0 at home. Their margin of victory in those three wins was by a combined 149 points, while the margin in the losses was just six points.

Virginia Tech racked up 402 yards against Cincinnati (330 in the second half) and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, yet it was not enough to earn the victory. The offense went on a six-play, 93-yard touchdown drive to take the lead with 1:49 to play, but the Bearcats responded with the decisive scoring drive of their own. Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas completed 17-of-30 passes for 242 yards, as he threw for a touchdown and ran for another. However, he was also intercepted twice in the second half. Interceptions have become an issue for Thomas, who has been picked off six times in the last three weeks, with his team losing two of those contests.

After the Virginia Tech offense went ahead with just under two minutes to play, the defense gave up a nine-play, 85-yard drive by Cincinnati. The Hokies forced a 3rd-and-10 from their own 39 and James Gayle was close to sacking Legaux on the play. However, the Bearcats signal-caller avoided the sack and tossed a perfect strike to a wide open Damon Julian in the end zone. After the game, defensive back Kyle Fuller took responsibility for letting Julian get behind him. Still, the Hokies put themselves in that position by turning the ball over and softening up defensively as the game progressed. After holding Cincinnati to a pair of field goals in the first half, the defense let the Bearcats score three TDs in the game's final 22 minutes. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

UNC set a single-game school record with 66 points against Idaho, also setting the mark for largest margin of victory. The Tar Heels now rank second in the ACC and 12th in the country with an average of 43.2 ppg. They jumped all over Idaho with a 28-0 first-quarter advantage, out-gaining the Vandals 239-18 in the opening frame. UNC's 45 points at halftime was the team's highest scoring output in a half since scoring 52 against Duke in 2000. The Tar Heels finished with a season-high 575 yards, including a season-best 287 yards on the ground. Quarterback Bryn Renner and tailback Giovani Bernard have formed a potent one- two punch, piling up points through the air and on the ground. Renner leads the ACC and is tied for fifth in the country with 14 touchdown passes. He has had multiple passing TDs in four of five games this season. Bernard, despite playing in just three games, ranks third in the ACC with seven touchdowns.

After not pitching a shutout since 1999, UNC has already shutout two opponents this year -- the first time the team has shutout two opponents in the same season since 1996. The Tar Heels have held the opposition without a touchdown for 10 consecutive quarters, and in fact no team has scored a touchdown against them at Kenan Stadium this season. UNC's last two opponents (East Carolina and Idaho) have combined for only 422 total yards and six points, as the Tar Heels are now ranked 16th nationally in total defense (296.0 ypg) and 19th in scoring defense (14.6 ppg). Last week, they held Idaho to just nine first downs and forced 10 punts. UNC's defense also notched four interceptions on the day.

North Carolina has given up just six points at home this season, whereas Virginia Tech is seeking a 24th consecutive victory in its ACC road opener, a streak that dates back to 1962. Something has to give in this matchup, but perhaps the biggest key will be the Hokies' confidence level after losing for the second time in three games and stumbling out of the national rankings.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 34, Virginia Tech 31

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  • unc70 Oct 7, 1:03 p.m.

    I'll take my hat off to Fedora and his coaching staff. We missed at least 2 scoring opp's in... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Thanks, Hokie. Was at the game. Been a long time since Carolina beat VT in Chapel Hill. 1938.

    The difference this game for Carolina was the running by Gio, speed, matching VT special teams. Carolina couldn't stop LT consistently, giving up big third down plays or penalties. It was an exciting game to watch, though more so for me than you I suspect. Good luck the rest of the season.

  • Unc r Hypocrits Oct 6, 5:31 p.m.

    I was very impressed with Carolina's OL. Great win. They may not lose again this season.

  • Native NC gal Oct 6, 5:29 p.m.

    "HERES HOPEING holes LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!"dreamieandmeonly

    Sorry.....NOT! GO HEELS!!!!!

  • Wheelman Oct 6, 5:13 p.m.

    "I wonder how many hearts just sank in Raleigh."

    They're not paying attention. You... View More

    — Posted by Road-wearier

    Math class probably. They'll need it to keep up with the score tonight against FSU.

  • Hokies94 Oct 6, 5:03 p.m.

    I'll take my hat off to Fedora and his coaching staff. We missed at least 2 scoring opp's in... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Thanks, Hokie. I'm not sure about beating State. I'll just savor this win. It was huge. I... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Hey JGunn. UNC looked strong after the slow start. Big plays won this one. Gio caught our def... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Definitely don't give up Hokie! Although they lost, Thomas played one of his best games...that... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    Thanks Kornfan. We have been missing passes like this in just about every game so far this season. VT has always had some quality receivers. Our defense hasn't given up points like this since we joined the ACC in 04. We are supposedly 8 deep on our DL. They haven't done the job. Our strength coach needs to work these boys a little more. It's disappointing to see the Hokies not being able to run the darn ball. We've always ran the ball decently well. If you don't have a solid running game...then we know what happens.

  • DooksucksV3 Oct 6, 4:57 p.m.

    I'll take my hat off to Fedora and his coaching staff. We missed at least 2 scoring opp's in... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Thanks, Hokie. I'm not sure about beating State. I'll just savor this win. It was huge. I... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Hey JGunn. UNC looked strong after the slow start. Big plays won this one. Gio caught our def... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    I didn't expect the Heels to win today, I really didn't. This is an un-Hokie like year. I'm... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    If UNC had Gio the entire season they might be 6-0 right now. With him they are a much better team.

  • DooksucksV3 Oct 6, 4:52 p.m.

    "I wonder how many hearts just sank in Raleigh."

    They're not paying attention. You... View More

    — Posted by Road-wearier

    Nice deflection and indicative of UNC-Rawleigh sadness.

  • kornfan2448 Oct 6, 4:52 p.m.

    I'll take my hat off to Fedora and his coaching staff. We missed at least 2 scoring opp's in... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Thanks, Hokie. I'm not sure about beating State. I'll just savor this win. It was huge. I... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Hey JGunn. UNC looked strong after the slow start. Big plays won this one. Gio caught our def... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Definitely don't give up Hokie! Although they lost, Thomas played one of his best games...that I've seen. You nailed it with the dropped passes, there were some drives ended because of them. UNC played a good game, but VT should be happy that Thomas played well. I was however, surprised by VT's D, just wasn't there. They have a tough schedule as well.

  • StunGunn Oct 6, 4:51 p.m.

    I'll take my hat off to Fedora and his coaching staff. We missed at least 2 scoring opp's in... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Thanks, Hokie. I'm not sure about beating State. I'll just savor this win. It was huge. I... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Hey JGunn. UNC looked strong after the slow start. Big plays won this one. Gio caught our def... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    I didn't expect the Heels to win today, I really didn't. This is an un-Hokie like year. I'm really happy for the team and for Fedora; they've had to deal with so much adversity, and it isn't over yet. I don't envy Duke next week having to face a very unhappy Foster and Beamer.

    I'm not an optimist, but I did think the Heels would beat WF in a close game. I was dead wrong about that one.

  • Hokies94 Oct 6, 4:37 p.m.

    I'll take my hat off to Fedora and his coaching staff. We missed at least 2 scoring opp's in... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Thanks, Hokie. I'm not sure about beating State. I'll just savor this win. It was huge. I... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Hey JGunn. UNC looked strong after the slow start. Big plays won this one. Gio caught our defense in a crowd position, and broke it. Our DB wasn't even lined up properly. Foster will think about this one for a while. He did have to gamble at this stage. UNC has loads of talent, and it showed today vs WF. I'm just hoping that we can iron out some things, and beat Duke at home.

    I won't give up on the Hokies. It's surprising that we have 9 starter's back on defense, and we haven't done the job. We dropped way too many passes today too. It is what it is.

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