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October 1, 2012
Va. Tech - UNC Capsule
Line: North Carolina by 4
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. - Kenan Stadium (63,000)
TV: ACC Network (Watch Online | TV Affiliates)
Announcers: Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color analyst) & Scott Pryzwansky (sideline)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 136, XM 193)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Rick Steinbacher (color analyst) & Lee Pace (sideline)
Weather: Chapel Hill Forecast
Virginia Tech At A Glance
North Carolina: Carolina is coming off a record-setting 66-0 victory over Idaho. It is the most points the Tar Heels have scored in 122 seasons of football and marked the second time this year UNC has topped 60 points. Bryn Renner was 14 of 19 for 231 yards and three touchdowns in just one half of action. Tailback Giovani Bernard scored on both of his two carries - a 2-yard run in the first quarter and a 68-yard run in the second quarter. The Tar Heels forced five turnovers, including four interceptions, and held the Vandals to just 189 yards. Carolina has given up just six points at home this season - a pair of field goals to ECU.
Virginia Tech-North Carolina Series
Virginia Tech leads the series 5-3-2 in games in Chapel Hill. Carolina's last victory in Chapel Hill was 1938. The Tar Heels are 0-4 against Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill since the Hokies joined the league in 2004.
Three of the last four meetings have been decided by a field goal. Four of the last five have been decided by a touchdown or less. Last year's game was a 24-21 Virginia Tech victory in Blacksburg.
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Virginia Tech-North Carolina Notes
VT: Virginia Tech is an impressive 54-11 in ACC games (27-5 in ACC road games) since joining the league in 2004.
VT: Tech has won 23 straight road conference openers, as Saturday's game at UNC will be. The last time the Hokies lost a road conference opener was in 1962, a 3-0 defeat at William & Mary when the Hokies were in the Southern Conference. Tech won its league road opener in 1963 and '64 before going independent from 1965-1990. Tech won all 13 BIG EAST road openers (1991-2003) and have won all eight ACC road openers.
VT: Linebacker Jack Tyler's 10.6 tackles per game ties him for 14th in the nation in tackles.
VT: The Hokies have held opponents to eight touchdowns on 17 trips inside the red zone (47%).
VT: During its last three games with UNC, Tech's three rushing touchdowns have all been scored by quarterbacks - two by Tyrod Taylor and one by Logan Thomas.
UNC: Carolina fans are encouraged to wear white to help "White Out" Kenan Stadium. As part of the promotion, Carolina will wear a white helmet with white jerseys and pants. It is the first time Carolina has worn white helmets since the 1960s. The Tar Heels typically wear white jerseys in road games. This is the second straight week the Tar Heels have adoned a special helmet. Last week, Carolina wore a special American Flag NC logo on its helmet for Military Appreciation Day against Idaho.
UNC: Seven scholarship Tar Heels are from Virginia, including sophomore offensive tackle Nick Appel (Vienna), sophomore center Russell Bodine (Scottsville), junior linebacker Curtis Campbell (Chesapeake), sophomore linebacker Travis Hughes (Virginia Beach), junior quarterback Bryn Renner (West Springfield), sophomore cornerback Tim Scott (Fredericksburg) and redshirt freshman offensive guard Landon Turner (Harrisonburg).
UNC: Many of Carolina's greatest football players have hailed from the state of Virginia. A short list includes NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor (Williamsburg), two-time ACC Player of the Year Mike Voight (Chesapeake), two-time All-America William Fuller (Chesapeake), bruising halfback Ken Willard (Richmond), All-America offensive guard Ron Rusnak (Prince George), recordsetting wide receiver Corey Holliday (Richmond), linebacker Dwight Hollier (Hampton), four-time 1,000-yard back Amos Lawrence (Norfolk), three-time first-team All-America cornerback Dre' Bly (Chesapeake) and record-setting quarterback Ronald Curry (Hampton).
UNC: Carolina has won three games by a combined total of 149 points. The two losses were decided by just six points. UNC's average margin of victory in its three wins is 49.7 and the average margin of defeat in two games is 3.0.
UNC: In the second half, Carolina is outscoring its opponents 99-10, including a 66-0 mark in the third quarter. The only second half points allowed were a TD at Wake Forest and a FG at Louisville.
UNC: UNC opponents have been held without a touchdown for 10 consecutive quarters. The last team to reach the end zone against the Tar Heels was Louisville in the second quarter. No team has scored a touchdown against UNC at Kenan Stadium this season.
Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Virginia Tech and UNC Athletic Communications