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Video: UNC-Virginia Tech Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 34-17 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies Saturday at Kenan Stadium: View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Virginia Tech

If there were bright spots on a day that saw the Tar Heels drop their third in a row overall and fall to 0-2 in the ACC, it was the play of Marquise Williams (who threw for 187 yards and a touchdown to go with his 94 yards on the ground) and another well executed Military Appreciation Day. Carolina has turned this into a signature game on the home schedule. (GoHeels.com)

Defense leads Virginia Tech past UNC, 34-17

Kendall Fuller returned an interception 47 yards for a momentum-shifting touchdown and Virginia Tech beat North Carolina 34-17 on Saturday. The Hokies scored two touchdowns in the opening 3 1/2 minutes, forced three turnovers and had five sacks. Elijah Hood had a touchdown run and Marquise Williams rushed for 94 yards and was 17 of 33 for 187 yards passing. (ESPN.com)

Box Score: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina 17

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech at Kenan Stadium on Military Appreciation Day Saturday: (View Box Score)

Five questions to ponder before kickoff

Will Virginia Tech’s offense be the cure for what ails UNC’s defenseless defense or vice versa? Although UNC ranks dead last in the ACC and 123rd out of 125 FBS teams nationally in scoring defense, it has a real chance at meaningful improvement today against a Virginia Tech offense that hasn’t been able to get out of its own way for most of the season. (Wilmington Star News)

Something’s got to give when UNC’s irresistible object meets Hokies’ immovable force

The Tar Heels and Hokies are a more accurate representation of an irresistible object and immovable force. UNC’s defense ranks dead last in the ACC and its average of 44.0 points per game allowed is worse than all but two other teams in the entire FBS. On the flip side, Tech ranks 10th or lower in the 14-team ACC in virtually every offensive category. (Wilmington Star News)

Communication is key for beleaguered UNC DBs

Virginia Tech is 90th in the country in passing efficiency and quarterback Michael Brewer has an ACC-high 10 interceptions. Still, North Carolina safety Tim Scott is expecting the Hokies to test the Tar Heels secondary when the teams meet today at Kenan Stadium (12:30 p.m., ACC Network). “I wouldn’t be surprised if they came out passing the ball the first couple drives,” Scott said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

It's now or never for the North Carolina Tar Heels

The reason the Virginia Tech game is pivotal for UNC is because the Hokies may be the most vulnerable team the Tar Heels see in the next five weeks. Despite their upset of Ohio State earlier this season, the Hokies have struggled with consistency. With three of the next four games on the road, UNC’s best bet to win is against the Hokies. (Fayetteville Observer)

Preview & Prediction: UNC vs Virginia Tech

North Carolina vs Virginia Tech, 12:30 PM, ACC Network: It is tough to characterize the fifth game of the season as a must-win but this one probably is for UNC. While winning the Coastal Division appears to be a far off possibility at this point, getting to six wins and qualifying for a bowl is very much in the realm of possibility. Prediction: UNC 27 Virginia Tech 21 (Tar Heel Blog)

Winning the big plays

Against Virginia Tech, North Carolina will catch a bit of a break on big pass plays. The Hokies are a run-heavy team, relying on freshman running back Marshawn Williams, and until last game, Shai McKenzie. McKenzie tore his ACL against Western Michigan and is done for the season. Williams put up more than 100 yards against Western Michigan. (Carolina Blue)

Lions rookie Eric Ebron starts himself in Fantasy Football

Eric Ebron's fantasy football team -- "E"bron not "L"ebron -- is winless through four games,. Ebron, the Detroit Lions' rookie tight end, said he started himself in the team's fantasy football league last week, when he caught three passes and scored his first career touchdown. Ebron, the Lions' first-round pick out of UNC, said he took himself in the last round of the team's fantasy draft. (Detroit Free Press)

Hokies look to continue their good run against the Tar Heels

The Hokies (3-2, 0-1 ACC) finally got their ground game going, with 221 rushing yards in the second half of a comfortable win. The question now is whether they can carry that over against ACC competition. The run game could hold the key again today at North Carolina, a matchup between teams trying to get out of the Coastal Division cellar that might be a battle of wills when it comes to tempo. (Roanoke Times)

Virginia Tech-North Carolina preview: Hokies could use run game to slow Heels

This season, Virginia Tech is the only power-five conference team to allow more plays of 20 or more yards than North Carolina. Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said this week the problem is “not the scheme. It’s executing the defense.” (Washington Post)

Video: Packers' Julius Peppers Returns Interception for TD, Does Lambeau Leap

In the second quarter, Ponder was hit while throwing, sending the ball right to Julius Peppers. Peppers then ran 49 yards all the way for his first touchdown with the Packers. (Bleacher Report)

N.C.A.A. Fan Map: How the Country Roots for College Football (corrected version)

Since we first published these maps Friday morning, Facebook discovered a coding error with its data. The corrected data has the biggest impact on the North Carolina Tar Heels, which had no territory in the initial data and now dominates its state. (New York Times)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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