Virginia Tech struck first but were run over defensively as the Tar Heels rolled over 500 yards of offense to take care of the Hokies 48-34. North Carolina sophomore running back
"That's not what we do," Beamer said. "Then we're driving to score after the half and the guy rips the ball out and a couple of plays later in the end zone. Just big turnarounds, fourth and one, take it to the end zone. I give them credit. We've gotta continue to build on things we're doing well and keep on fighting this thing."
Virginia Tech's defense held on North Carolina's first two drives of the game, except for one pass by junior quarterback
In what was an hour-long first quarter, Virginia Tech responded with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to senior
On the first play of the second quarter, with North Carolina at fourth and one, Bernard rushed behind his left tackle 62 yards for a touchdown. The Hokies had their defense stacked up the middle on the play.
The Hokies drove into Tar Heels territory on their second drive of the third quarter. But redshirt freshman
It didn't take long for North Carolina to get going again. Bernard rushed for 51 yards down the left side after a spin move. On the next play, Blue rushed left for a 13-yard touchdown to put the Tar Heels up 45-26.
"It made us tougher on us, yes, but a shootout is a shootout," Thomas said. "You've gotta keep up, you've gotta keep pace. We had a couple of drives in the second half where we didn't go get points, so it didn't make it any easier on our defense in that aspect."
Thomas did his best to get the Hokies back into the game, finding Fuller deep on a 66-yard touchdown pass with 8:55 left to play. Fuller then juggled, but caught the two-point conversion pass from Thomas to pull Virginia Tech within 45-34.
North Carolina also added a 40-yard field goal for the final margin.
The Hokies fall to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC. It's now the earliest they've had three losses since 1994. Virginia Tech returns home to Lane Stadium next Saturday for homecoming at 12:30 p.m. as they host Duke.
"We're still in the conference race and still control where we're at," Beamer said. "We've gotta play Duke next week and get on a roll the other way. And that's gonna be hard to do."