BLACKSBURG, Va. (WNCN) — The UNC Tar Heels managed to win in overtime at Virginia Tech on Saturday, defeating the Hokies in their long-time head coach’s last home game.
UNC (10-1) struggled to find its offense for much of the game and only came alive in the fourth quarter against Va. Tech (5-6) in Blacksburg, to win 30-27.
UNC clinched the division and a spot in the ACC Championship Game. Carolina has not won the ACC Championship in football since 1980.
The Hokies managed to score 14 points in about the last 3 minutes of the fourth quarter to come back from being down 24-10.
Two fourth-down touchdowns by Va. Tech allowed them to tie UNC and put the game into overtime, 24-24.
On Va. Tech’s first drive in OT, Joey Slye kicked a field goal from 41 yards out to give Virginia Tech the lead, 27-24.
Carolina was able to score with a touchdown with Marquise Williams passing to Quinshad Davis on third down to win 30-27.
UNC’s Elijah Hood was a bright spot for UNC and rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to record more than 1,000 yards rushing on the year.
UNC now has won 9 games in a row, with Saturday’s win being significant as it was Frank Beamer’s last home game as the Hokies’ head coach.
Hood’s critical score came in the fourth quarter with just 7:56 left on the clock and helped lift UNC to a lead of 24-10.
The Hokies kept it close in the fourth quarter when Va. Tech scored on fourth down as QB Michael Brewer threw to a wide open receiver in the back of the end zone from eight yards out.
The extra point kick — with just 2:54 in the game — left UNC ahead by just 24-17.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Hood ran in untouched from 13 yards out to put UNC up 17-10.
That was Hood’s 13th rushing touchdown of the year, which at the time put him a tie for fifth place on the UNC single-season chart.
For much of the game UNC was leading, but only by 4 points or by a touchdown, and could not seem to get its offense going.
UNC scored quickly in the game — they marched down the field on the opening drive — and went up 7-0 in the first quarter.
But that was the only touchdown the Heels got until the fourth quarter. Carolina’s Nick Weiler managed to put the Tar Heels up 10-3 when he kicked one through from 20 yards out with 8:16 in the third quarter.
During the game, Weiler became the school record holder for single-season point-after attempts with 52. The old mark was 50.
There wasn’t another touchdown for either team until the third quarter when The Hokies tied it up.
Va. Tech QB Michael Brewer ran into the end zone from three yards out and the kick for the extra point tied it up at 10, with 3:44 in the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the teams were both tied at 10.