Ken Ekanem

Virginia Tech putting sleeper hold on UNC


One play into the game this afternoon in Chapel Hill saw Virginia Tech force a turnover. Two plays later it was 7-0, Hokies. Since then the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies have been suffocating North Carolina’s offense. Virginia Tech has allowed just 80 yards to the UNC offense in what has been the strongest defensive effort by Virginia Tech since a road win at Ohio State earlier this season. Virginia Tech leads the Tar Heels 24-3 at the half.

Ken Ekanem sacked UNC quarterback Marquise Williams on the first play of the game and Dadi Nicolas recovered a loose ball on the play at the 16-yard line. Two plays later Virginia Tech’s Marshawn Williams ran for his second straight eight-yard gain, the second going for a touchdown. UNC seemed to shake off the rough start by scoring a field goal on the next possession, but that was the best effort we have seen from the home team’s offense in the first half.

Michael Brewer tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Buddy Hodges later in the first quarter for a 14-3 lead. A field goal and a 47-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Kendall Fuller sucked even more life out of UNC before hitting the break.

UNC is 0-for-6 on third downs, and 0-for-2 on fourth downs. They also have two turnovers and seven penalties.

This has been the best game Virginia Tech has played since the Ohio State game. The Hokies have had every answer for anything UNC tries to do. A loss could really throw UNC at the bottom of the ACC Coastal race, while it keeps Virginia Tech ina  good spot in the division moving forward. LEt’s see if Virginia Tech can finish the job.