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Virginia Tech Unloaded on UNC by Scoring in Nearly Every Facet Possible in Blowout Win

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No. 14 Virginia Tech steamrolled a struggling North Carolina 59-7 for their second straight win. The Hokies dominated the game in every facet of the game, jumping out to a 52-0 lead that included a 35-0 halftime lead. The Hokies flexed their muscle by scoring in nearly every possible way.

1. Fumble Return


After trading punts, Virginia Tech got its first score of many in the game via its defense. North Carolina quarterback Chazz Surratt fumbled the football after being pressured. Defensive tackle Ricky Walker scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 12 yards to the end zone to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead following the extra point.

2. Greg Stroman Returns Punt 91 Yards for TD

The Hokies forced a punt on North Carolina’s ensuing possession. Virginia Tech cornerback Greg Stroman fielded the punt at the nine-yard line and accelerated through the Carolina defense untouched for a 91-yard punt return touchdown.


Virginia Tech built a 14-0 lead in a matter of 2:53 without its offense having a snap.

3. Passing TD


After punting three times and missing a field goal in its first four possessions, the Hokies offense finally arrived to the game. Running back Travon McMillian capped off a 12-play, 55-yard drive in the second quarter when he caught a pass from quarterback Josh Jackson in the flat for a four-yard touchdown. The Hokies were up 21-0.

4. Interception Return


On the ensuing possession by North Carolina, the Hokies defense struck again. Safety Reggie Floyd intercepted a Brandon Harris pass and returned it 69 yards for the touchdown. The Hokies extended their lead to 28-0.


5. Offensive Dominance in Second Half

The Hokies rambled off five scores in their next six possessions. Jackson added two more touchdown passes, finding Cam Phillips and Eric Kumah for the scores. Kicker Joey Slye kicked a 37-yard field goal and backup quarterback A.J. Bush found freshman wide out Samuel Denmark on a 16-yard touchdown with a fade route toss in mop-up duty.


What This Means 

It was a huge day for the Hokies, who made sure of no upset slipup against the Tar Heels. North Carolina fell to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with their fifth straight loss.

Meanwhile, the Hokies continue to look strong and like a top-15 team. After getting pounced by then-undefeated Clemson three weeks ago, the Hokies have won back-to-back games against underdog opponents to improve to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The offense wasn’t needed much as the defense made sure to pound a depleted Tar Heels offense, although they got their fair share of shots in.

Following the game, Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente said he “feels for [North Carolina] Coach Fedora.”

As their schedule will get tougher, a win like Saturday’s will build the confidence of Virginia Tech. While Miami remains undefeated in the ACC and leading the Coastal Division, the Hokies look like a formidable challenge to the Hurricanes, who have needed strong finishes to escape defeat the last three weeks.

But before Fuente will allow his team to look forward to their showdown in two weeks, he will allow them to enjoy this week’s win and prepare for a normally pesky Duke team that is desperate for a win next week.

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