Posted: 4:41 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
By Casey Richey
Virginia Tech started very strongly with Logan Thomas throwing for 230 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. That is a real sentence in the year 2013.
But the offense was largely ineffective in the second half. That is a more common sentence in the year 2013.
Thomas's 45-yard touchdown completion to Demitri Knowles gave the Hokies the lead with under five minutes to play in the first quarter. The play was set up after a 17-yard strike to Willie Byrn on first down gave the Hokies the ball on the UNC 45. Thomas then placed a ball into wide open space for Knowles to haul it in after a blown coverage by the Tar Heels.
D.J. Coles notched the second touchdown of the day for Virginia Tech as he caught a 9-yard pass from Thomas on 3rd-and-goal. Tech drove 73 yards on 12 plays and converted on three third down situations (including the touchdown).
North Carolina pulled to within seven as noted giant Eric Ebron pulled in 6-yard pass from Marquise Williams to cap a 75-yard drive. Earlier on the drive, Quinshad Davis took a pass 40-yards to give UNC the ball in Tech territory. Later, Marquise Williams rushed straight ahead on 4th-and-1 to continue the UNC drive.
A few drives later, UNC nailed a beauty of a punt (this is the ACC, remember) that was downed at the Virginia Tech 2-yard line. No matter, as Thomas hit Byrn for an 83-yard completion to put the Hokies at the UNC 15-yard line. Thomas then completed a pass to Sam Rogers for 14 yards to put the ball at the just shy of the endzone . A false start penalty pushed the ball back to the five, but Thomas rolled out to the right to find Coles for his second touchdown of the game and give Tech a 21-7 lead at the half.
North Carolina added a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter to cut into the lead and the Tar Heels' defense stifled the Hokies in the second half. After an ineffective drive in the fourth quarter, A.J. Hughes punted the ball away to UNC's Ryan Switzer. Switzer muffed the punt and Chase Williams recovered the ball at the 16-yard line. Trey Edmunds rushed the ball five times to cross the line to put the Hokies up 27-10. Journell's PAT kick was blocked.
UNC added another touchdown late in the game as Williams completed a 24-yard pass to Davis on 4th-and-10 with about a minute to play in the game.
Of note during the game is that Logan Thomas became the all-time leading passer for the Hokies. Thomas now has 7,308 yards through the air, passing Tyrod Taylor's mark of 7,017. Thomas is now in first place for passing attempts, completions and yards. Bryan Randall holds the Tech record for touchdown passes with 48, just three ahead of Thomas.