It was a promising start for the North Carolina defense that has struggled all season long, but it eventually collapsed allowing Logan Thomas and Virginia Tech to run full steam ahead. They stopped Tech’s first two drives, but after that is another story.
On offense, one new face got to play for the first time this season while a familiar face got his first career start. Marquise Williams played in the place of Bryn Renner who is nursing an ankle injury. Freshman running back TJ Logan finally got to suit up and play after recovering from an injury sustained during summer camp.
The Tar Heels also showed some strength on offense, but penalties again kept UNC from capitalizing on good plays. Williams threw just 277 yards but also had two touchdowns. He would lead the Tar Heels in the rushing game too with 56 yards.
Freshman athlete Ryan Switzer was yet again robbed of a touchdown via penalty. Switzer returned a punt for a touchdown but it was called back after an illegal block in the backfield. Switzer had two fumbles; one rolled out of bounds and one that was recovered by the Hokies in the closing minutes of the game.
The Carolina secondary continues to play the prevent defense as they have, and it’s quite obvious teams are scouting that. Virginia Tech receivers would constantly find some open space on the field that Thomas would capitalize on and make the pass. Which coach it to blame is up to the fans, but the bottom line is: time for the secondary to put pressure on receivers.
For Fedora and the gang, it’s back to Chapel Hill to regroup for the next two weeks before they play the Miami Hurricanes on Zero Dark Thursday.