Hokies eager to get back to work when North Carolina visits

Hokies eager to get back to work when North Carolina visits”

Joel Berry scored 14 points to lead the Tar Heels, who traveled to Memphis for the game.

Virginia Tech took matters into its own hands Saturday. According to oddsmakers from online sports book, the Hokies are 20-point home favorites versus the Tar Heels after opening as a 22-point favorite. The Tar Heels will try to get their first conference win next week against Miami.

The loss, reeling North Carolina's fifth straight, dropped it to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the ACC, officially knocking the Heels out of postseason contention, although in a season of low points, this might have been the nadir. The Blue Devils have only one more home game after today's ACC Coastal showdown with Pittsburgh and of the other three remaining games - including conference matchups against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Wake - they figure to be favored in only one, at Army on November 11.

Bud Foster's defense was relentless all day, holding the Tar Heels to 172 yards and punishing UNC with six sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and two turnovers. If the Hokies want a chance at claiming an ACC title, they need to take every week one step at a time. On UNC's third possession, quarterback Chazz Surratt tried to throw while getting hit by linebackers Mook Reynolds and Tremaine Edmunds. North Carolina gives up almost 230 yards rushing per game, this game represents an opportunity for the Hokies to ramp up a running game that averages nearly 180 yards rushing per game. One game going on between ACC Coastal rivals will feature the struggling North Carolina Tar Heels (1-6) and the No. 14 Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1).

Rain or shine, there's just something about Virginia Tech with coach Justin Fuente on the sideline that doesn't agree with North Carolina. Late in the second quarter, senior linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka deflected a pass that junior safety Reggie Floyd picked off and ran back 69 yards for a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Cam Phillips caught five passes for 49 yards and a touchdown, along the way becoming the program's all-time leader in receptions. The Hokies are aggressive on the defensive end, and North Carolina can expect a recurring blitz coming its way.

Completing the Beamer Ball bingo, Deon Newsome blocked a UNC punt to set up a 37-yard field goal by Joey Slye that made it 45-0.

Only a 43-yard touchdown from Surratt to Anthony Ratliff early in the fourth quarter spoiled what would have been Virginia Tech's third shutout this season.

Virginia Tech returns from a week off for self-scouting and healing with a pretty clear sense of the challenge ahead.

Jalen Holston added a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 59-7.

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