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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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