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Final Grades: North Carolina Loss

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It was a half-step forward, then a big one back. For once this season, the Virginia Tech offense started off well Saturday at North Carolina. But the defense had trouble making any stop in a 48-34 loss. Having seen replays and thought it over, here's publisher Jason Stamm's exam of the Hokies' loss:
On the Hokies' first drive of the game, they did a good job of mixing in run and pass. Junior quarterback
It's hard to say the offense as a whole looked better when your running game picks up just 40 yards on 25 carries. Something's gotta give. Redshirt freshman
Senior
Junior guard
The Hokies got to UNC quarterback
Tyler got the Hokies' lone sack of the day, but even he didn't have the impact he's had in previous games. The same went for senior
Another game of struggles for the secondary. Redshirt freshman
This has been an area of strength, but it took a step back Saturday as well. Freshman
Defensive coordinator
The listed attendance for the game was 54,000 with a whiteout. Even from the glassed-in press box, the fans were raucous. Nothing like some other crowds we've heard, but they rallied behind the Tar Heels and provided a good game atmosphere.
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