North Carolina came into Saturday’s ACC Coastal clash with Virginia Tech averaging over 500 yards of offense a game but could barely move the ball a fifth of a yard amid some nasty conditions caused by Hurricane Matthew and a feisty Hokies defense that limited them at every turn in a 34-3 win for the visitors.
Quarterback Jerod Evans made the most of several short fields as the result of turnovers. Despite ugly numbers like 7-of-17 passing for 75 yards, the junior college transfer upstaged the trendy Heisman candidate on the opposite sideline by rushing for 49 yards and a score as Virginia Tech averaged just 3.3 yards a play but amazingly found the end zone four times.
Andrew Motuapuaka came up particularly big for the Hokies defense, racking up 12 tackles, a half sack, and an interception. He was a big reason why the Tar Heels couldn’t get anything going and turned the ball over four times.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky looked lost in the rainy and windy conditions in Chapel Hill, completing just 13 passes for 58 yards. T.J. Logan filled in for the injured Elijah Hood with 4.8 yards a carry but it wasn’t enough in the sloppy conditions.
The win keeps Virginia Tech perfect in the ACC standings and gives them a leg up on all but Miami, which plays on Saturday night against rival Florida State. It also should propel the Hokies further up the polls come next week and make the hire of head coach Justin Fuente look very, very good for yet another week.