Defense Shines As Heels Beat No. 14 Hokies, 20-17

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Casey Barth kicked a 21-yard field goal on the final play and North Carolina stopped No. 14 Virginia Tech all night in a 20-17 victory on Thursday night.

The Tar Heels (5-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) got their first conference win after forcing a fumble by Ryan Williams at his own 24 with 2:02 left and turning it into the winning drive.

The Hokies (5-3, 3-2), who until losing to No. 11 Georgia Tech 12 days ago were in the national championship picture, lost their second straight.

Virginia Tech lost for just the fifth time in 20 televised Thursday night games, and for the first time in six meetings with North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2004.


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  • by Tar Heel Fan on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Thanksgiving came early this year.Good job!
  • by Brooksie on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    GO TARHEELS!!! What a great game; made me proud to wear "Carolina Blue". I am proud of the Carolina player who went over to console the hokie that fumbled the ball; good sportsmanship.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Sorry George W but no team with 3 losses gets ranked 15th.
  • by Dakota Location: Wilmington on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    As a ECU fan, I salute the Carolina Tarheels. What made it even worst last night was the fact that the Tarheels were playing against some home cooking, if you know what I mean. My only regret is now the Hokies will really be angry when they come to Greenville next Thursday evening. One thing for sure though is the fact that we will play our best no matter what the outcome. You have made the state of North Carolia proud today. What a scene on national television. I was also impressed with the fireworks and turkey legs.
  • by George W on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    The Heels will be ranked 15th and the Hokies will be 16th.
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