North Carolina failed to get the ball across the goal line and Virginia Tech ran away with a dominant victory in ACC play, 34-3.
The game was wet and sloppy thanks to the outskirts of Hurricane Matthew, and the Hokies made the most of their opportunities off turnovers. Matt Trubisky threw two interceptions and no touchdowns after coming in to this game with the largest touchdown to interception ratio in the country: 13-0. Trubisky was also completing his passes at a 76 percent clip, and was just 13-of-33 for 58 yards in this game.
The Tar Heels failed to get the ball in the hands of their play-making wide receiver Ryan Switzer, who finished with only two receptions for two yards.
Virginia Tech, which entered the game as road underdogs, took an early lead and never looked back.
The Hokies offense was slow to get off the block, nursing only a 6-0 lead going into the second quarter, and a 13-3 lead going into the intermission.
The second half was all Virginia Tech, though.
They used four Tar Heel turnovers and a massive 20-minute time-of-possesion difference to open a lead that only grew larger. Because of the weather, most of the offense was dictated on the ground, with only 133 total passing yards between both teams. Ultimately, ball security decided this one.
Both the Hokies and the Tar Heels continue ACC play next week, with Virginia Tech set to play Syracuse and North Carolina traveling to Miami to play the Hurricanes.
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