NCAA Game Summary - North Carolina at Virginia Tech|
(Thursday, October 29th)
Final Score: North Carolina 20, (14) Virginia Tech 17
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Casey Barth kicked a 21-yard field goal as
the clock expired, as North Carolina took advantage of an untimely fumble to
upend 14th-ranked Virginia Tech, 20-17, at Lane Stadium.
Barth kicked two field goals inside the final three minutes, the second made
possible by Virginia Tech freshman tailback Ryan Williams' fumble deep in
Hokie territory near the two-minute mark. UNC ran Ryan Houston six consecutive
times to gain the four, and Barth banged home the game-winner from the right
hash to give the Tar Heels (5-3, 1-3 ACC) their first conference win.
T.J. Yates threw for only 131 yards on 18-of-28 attempts but connected on a
pair of clutch TD passes to Jheranie Boyd and Greg Little as North Carolina
earned its first win over the Hokies since Virginia Tech started ACC play in
The Tar Heels had dropped from the rankings several weeks back following a
winless start to their league schedule. This was the second consecutive
Thursday night tilt for UNC, having lost a heart-breaker to Florida State at
home last week 30-27.
Tyrod Taylor was 11-of-23 passing for 161 yards and managed to score on a pair
of one-yard scores despite rushing nine times for negative eight yards.
Williams had a good game despite the costly fumble, rushing for 96 yards on 23
carries for the Hokies (5-3, 3-2 ACC), who were handed their second straight
"Right now, there probably isn't any way to lift me up because I feel I took
the game away from us," Williams said. "It was on the line. It was in my hands
and I fumbled. But I've got to move on and bounce back and help the team
succeed in the rest of the games. I can't take it back. I can't change what
Two weeks ago Virginia Tech was the No. 4 team in the country but tumbled down
the standings following a 28-23 loss to then No. 19 Georgia Tech on October
17. Hokie nation had a week to stew on the loss with their bye last week and
had won five straight over the Tar Heels coming in.
"It's just bad execution," Taylor said. "We didn't take advantage of the
opportunities that were given to us. That's something we've got to learn from.
I think we kind of beat ourselves tonight."
After Virginia Tech drew within 14-10 just minutes into the fourth quarter,
Yates threw an ill-advised pass on the first play of UNC's next series which
Rashad Carmichael picked off and stumbled five yards to the Tar Heel five.
North Carolina forced a 3rd-and-1, but Taylor bowled over a defender to breach
the goal line to give the Hokies their first lead at 17-14.
With nearly 12 minutes to play, UNC buckled down and trudged 78 yards in 16
plays, shaving nine minutes off the clock, to even the game at 17 on a 19-yard
Barth boot. Yates' poise was crucial to the drive.
Twice the Tar Heels were levied false start penalties on third down, but Yates
came through on both occasions. A 17-yard completion to Zack Pianalto moved
the ball across midfield, then a nine-yard pass to Erik Highsmith set up a
4th-and-7 call at the Virginia Tech 36. Undeterred, Yates hit Little for 19
yards and the running game brought the ball to the two for a third-down play.
Yates couldn't connect with Little again, though, and the Tar Heels settled
A stingy defensive effort from both sides had the game scoreless midway
through the second quarter until the Tar Heels put together a quality 13-play
scoring drive that led to the game's first points.
Pinned at their own 16 to begin the trek, Yates converted an early 3rd-and-1
play himself and Little took it down to the Tech 16 on a 23-yard third-down
run later in the series. Facing another 3rd down from the 13-yard line, Yates
connected with Boyd for a touchdown.
The score left 2:44 on the clock and the Hokies drove down to the UNC 35 but a
pair of Taylor incompletions on third and fourth down turned it over and the
Tar Heels went into the break up seven.
Virginia Tech took its opening possession of the second half 82 yards to the
end zone to tie the game at seven.
Facing 3rd-and-17 from their own 11, Taylor completed a 22-yard pass to Dyrell
Roberts to move the chains. Successive completions of 16 and 15 yards moved
the ball into enemy territory and the Hokies rode the capable legs of Williams
for seven straight plays to reach the one. Taylor faked a handoff to Williams
and ran it in on the right side for a 7-7 affair with 6:44 left in the third.
North Carolina came right back, though, as Yates and co. produced their second
scoring drive of 84 yards to take the lead back at 14-7. The Tar Heels chipped
away again from the 16 and got a big 44-yard run from Shaun Draughn on first
down to reach the Tech 17. Three plays later, Yates led Little to the back
left corner of the end zone for a 15-yard score with 1:51 to go in the
David Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards to set up the Hokies near
midfield and Matt Waldron kicked a 36-yard field goal early in the fourth to
bring the hosts within 14-10. Tech was denied an opportunity at tying the game
when a holding call wiped out a 20-yard scoring scamper by Williams.
Taylor now has 16 rushing touchdowns for his career, tying him with Michael
Vick for the most rushing scores by a Tech quarterback...Draughn led the Tar
Heels' ground game with 77 yards on 12 carries. Houston
produced 66 yards on 18 touches. Little ended with four catches for 58 yards
while Boyd's lone grab went for a score. Pianalto topped all receivers with
six receptions totaling 34 yards...Roberts made five grabs for 73 yards for
the Hokies, who were outgained 312-256...Virginia Tech was 6-of-15 on third
downs while UNC converted on 10-of-19 and won the time of possession
36:14-23:46...Virginia Tech owns a 16-10-6 series advantage over North
10/30 01:43:35 ET