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Talking points: Heels run over Hokies

Posted October 6, 2012
Updated October 7, 2012

1. Officials were handing out penalties like they were an Oprah giveaway. "You get a flag! And you get a flag! Everyone gets a flag!"

North Carolina and Virginia Tech combined for 11 infractions for 73 yards in the 1st quarter alone. The Heels ended the afternoon with 15 penalties for 128 yards, with the majority consisting of the pre-snap variety. The flags bogged down North Carolina's offense early in the game and a couple of them lead to Virginia Tech scores.

Tim Scott’s shoulder hit on Dyrell Roberts, which dislodged his helmet, resulted in an unnecessary roughness. The Hokies notched their first touchdown later in the drive. In the 2nd quarter, Tre Boston committed a pass interference on 3rd-and-13 that extended the series. Virginia Tech would hit a 40-yard field goal to get within 4 points.

Both teams eventually settled down and began trading big plays.

2. About those big plays -- North Carolina hit Virginia Tech with several haymakers throughout the game.

Sean Tapley’s 94-yard kickoff return tied the game at 7 early in the contest and further cemented the decline of “Beamer Ball.” The Hokies had not allowed a kickoff return since 1993 against Syracuse and snapped the longest active streak in the NCAA at 237 games.

Starting the 2nd quarter with a 4th-and-1, Larry Fedora elected to go for it and got more than he expected when Giovani Bernard broke off a 62-yard touchdown run. It gave the Heels a 21-14 lead.

Travis Hughes stripped Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes and recovered fumble at the Hokies’ 45 yard line. Bryn Renner hit Tapley for a 19-yard touchdown 4 plays later to take a 35-20 lead. 

After Virginia Tech failed to convert a 4th-and-10 late in the 3rd quarter, Bernard iced the game with a 51 run where he was eventually pushed out of bounds at the Hokies 13-yard-line. Blue capped the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon and gave the Heels a 45-26 lead. 

3. Bernard unlocked a handful of Xbox achievements after rushing for a career-high 262 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. His performance was the firth-highest in North Carolina single-game history and he was the first Tar Heel to rush for over 200 yards in a game since 2003. 

Earlier in the week, Bernard told reporters that he wanted to use the contest against Virginia Tech as a statement game. It was loud and clear. 

4. While most of the focus in Blacksburg has been on the vanilla offense surrounding Logan Thomas, fans of the Hokies should be more concerned about another lackluster defensive effort. The Tar Heels dropped 533 yards of total offense, including 336 yards on the ground. 

North Carolina broke a few scoring marks in the win. The 48 points from the Tar Heels is the most ever against Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004 and most ever by an ACC opponent since Georgia Tech scored 38 points in 2006. It was also the most points allowed by Virginia Tech since LSU dropped 48 on them in 2007.

5. Now that the ACC ruled that member institutions ineligible for postseason competition due to NCAA sanctions would also be ineligible for regular season or divisional recognition, it would be the most ACC thing ever for North Carolina to actually win the division. None of the teams in the Coastal appear to be head and shoulders above the rest.

When Fedora was asked if that changes any of the team's goals, he simply stated "no."

6. Scissors were found by a Virginia Tech receiver as they were lining up on the field. They must take grass length very seriously in Chapel Hill, but they aren't very meticulous when it comes to cleaning up after themselves. 

7. The “White Out” wasn’t a bad concept, but Kenan needed to be full in order to get the desired effect. It certainly made it easier to spot visiting Virginia Tech fans in the crowd. 

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  • dave437 Oct 15, 4:39 p.m.

    "the most ever".....since 2004.............and then the 'most ever' .... since 2006.

    does anybody edit Joe's blogs?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Oct 9, 6:01 a.m.

    It wil be fun watching Doook dismantle the heels!

    — Posted by jdupree

    LOL, UNC will beat Dook like Stanford did. Dook still has not beaten a good team.

    — Posted by DooksucksV3

    Neither has Carolina.

    But State has. :)

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Oct 7, 8:40 p.m.

    The UNC/VT game didn't have the drama and last minute heroics that the State/FSU game had, but... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Well, I don't think you can fault a team that was well prepared, well coached, conditioned, etc.... View More

    — Posted by rduguyhere

    I'm not finding fault with Carolina's win. Not at all. I do find fault with the penalties - no excuse, and they have to stop. State's win came against the #3 team in the country, and didn't have any business winning the game. But they did, and that's an accomplishment. So is Carolina's win, albeit against an unranked VT team. Carolina played a more complete game, but State found a way to win. Both are good wins, and as a Heels fan, I'm still smiling about our game!

  • shakennotstirred Oct 7, 8:20 p.m.

    The UNC/VT game didn't have the drama and last minute heroics that the State/FSU game had, but... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Well, I don't think you can fault a team that was well prepared, well coached, conditioned, etc.... View More

    — Posted by rduguyhere

    I'll take a win over #3 in the nation on primetime espn. Just was looking back on unc's wins and those opponents. Now unc may wind up doing something this year, but any sane person would not be boasting about the wins over lackluster competition. State just beat the same fl st team that beat wake forest by 51 points. You know, the same wake team that beat unc. Has unc beaten anyone with a winning record? Feel good about unc winning but it would be nice if one of those wins came against a top 60 program. Nice win over va tech regardless because I thought it was a tossup...

  • rduguyhere Oct 7, 7:02 p.m.

    Nice win but disappointing crowd. As always the "announced" crowd of 54K was an... View More

    — Posted by KevInApex

    Bring on the red ragers, will be fun watching their faces as they leave Kenan all pizzed.....

  • rduguyhere Oct 7, 7:01 p.m.

    The UNC/VT game didn't have the drama and last minute heroics that the State/FSU game had, but... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Well, I don't think you can fault a team that was well prepared, well coached, conditioned, etc. like UNC. Watching them dismantle a good VT team, dominate them in most every way, and win in a solid and comfortable performance. Pretty much like they have done to every team (minus the Wake game and 1/2 of the Louisville game). Minus 1 1/2 games, UNC has completely dominated its opponent. I credit the players and especially the coaching staff for having them prepared. Looks like even Dook's coach is preparing his team. Perhaps the Wolpfack coach should better prepare his team. Just sayin....

    I will take that being prepared and total domination any day over a prayer of a game ending win.

  • rduguyhere Oct 7, 6:57 p.m.

    Nice win but disappointing crowd. As always the "announced" crowd of 54K was an... View More

    — Posted by KevInApex

    That's what everybody said about ECU, and they only brought 3-4,000. About what VaTech... View More

    — Posted by heelman1973

    Don't the visiting team's fans count in the attendance figures? From what I saw, it could have been more full but looked nice on TV. Sounded like the crowd was into the game also so that's all that you can ask of them.

  • rduguyhere Oct 7, 6:52 p.m.

    It wil be fun watching Doook dismantle the heels!

    — Posted by jdupree

    I do have to admit that out of UNC's remaining 6 games, it is looking like the game at Dook may be the most difficult of the 6. Followed by at Miami, then GT, then at UVa, then a toss up between NCSU and Maryland for the easiest matchup left. UNC will match up the worst with Dook and then probably a little less equally with Miami and GT. UVA always tough on the road. NCSU, in my opinion, will be a nightmare game for the Wuffies as I don't think they will match up well at all against the Fed Spread.

    Go Heels!

  • heelman1973 Oct 7, 4:48 p.m.

    Nice win but disappointing crowd. As always the "announced" crowd of 54K was an... View More

    — Posted by KevInApex

    That's what everybody said about ECU, and they only brought 3-4,000. About what VaTech brought..

  • DooksucksV3 Oct 7, 3:43 p.m.

    It wil be fun watching Doook dismantle the heels!

    — Posted by jdupree

    LOL, UNC will beat Dook like Stanford did. Dook still has not beaten a good team.

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