North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Postgame Notes

North Carolina fell to ACC Coastal Division rival Virginia Tech on Saturday, 43-41, in what was the longest game in ACC history, consisting of 6 overtimes. Here are some more postgame notes from Blacksburg, courtesy of UNC Athletics Communications.

• North Carolina falls to 3-4 this season and 2-2 in ACC play.

• The six overtimes marks the longest game in ACC history. The previous longest game in conference history was a four-overtime affair that went in favor of Duke, 45-43, over Virginia Tech on Oct. 24, 2015.

• UNC played its first overtime game since a 40-37 double OT loss at Syracuse in 2018. The Tar Heels and Hokies previously played one other overtime game that was won by Carolina, 30-27, in Blacksburg on Nov. 21, 2015.

• The Tar Heels are 4-6 all-time in overtime games, including 1-2 on the road. Both losses have come in the last two seasons.

set a UNC freshman QB record for touchdown passes in one season. tossed 17 touchdowns in 2001 to set the record. Howell’s five TD passes today gives him 20 for the season.

• Howell moved past Durant for second place on the UNC freshman QB list for passing yards in a single season with 1,892 yards. TJ Yates holds the record with 2,655 yards in 2007.

• Howell tied the school record with five passing touchdowns in a single game to equal the mark set on six previous occasions with the most recent coming by against Pitt in 2016. He tossed multiple TDs for the seventh-consecutive game to begin his career.

• Howell was 26 of 49 for 348 yards and five touchdowns.

• WR had the first multi-receiving touchdown game of his career. His 47-yard TD in the first quarter was his longest catch of the season and tied for the second longest catch of his career. His career long reception is a 55 yarder at Syracuse in 2018. Newsome added a second-quarter receiving TD as well.

• Newsome set single game career highs in receptions (9), yards (112) and receiving TDs (2).

• WR registered the first TD of his career on a 68-yard pass from Howell in the fourth quarter. The TD capped an 80 yard scoring drive, the 11th drive this season in the fourth quarter of 70 or more yards.

• DL came up with his second fumble recovery in the last three games. He had the first two fumble recoveries for the Tar Heels this season.

• DJ Ford recovered a fumble forced by in the third quarter. Ford finished the game with a career-high 12 tackles, while Gemmel had 11 stops and 1.5 TFLs.

and each had a sack in the game. Fox leads the team with 5.5 sacks this season, while Surratt is second with 4.0. registered his first career sack on Saturday.

• Surratt reset his career high in tackles with 17 stops. He previously had 12 tackles twice in his first season playing linebacker. He had two TFLs and one sack as well.

had 12 tackles, two shy of his career high of 14 set at Syracuse in 2018.

• In a game that took over four hours to complete, there were 170 total plays (89 for Carolina, 81 for Virginia Tech) and UNC held a 491-490 advantage in total yards.

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