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Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina 2012: Hokies lose 48-34 to Tar Heels in Chapel Hill

Virginia Tech allowed North Carolina to roll up 339 yards rushing, and 533 total, in a 48-34 loss to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

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Tar Heels run all over Hokies in 48-34 victory

The North Carolina Tar Heels ran all over Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon, compiling 339 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground in their 48-34 victor over the Hokies.

It seemed like this one might be extremely tight at first with each team putting 14 points on the board in the first 15 minutes. But the Hokies would have to settle for field goals in the second quarter which allowed North Carolina to pull ahead with rushing touchdowns from Giovani Bernard (62 yards) and A.J. Blue (one yard).

The third quarter wasn't much fun for Virginia Tech either with the Hokies coughing up a fumble, throwing a pick and turning over of the ball on downs in three of their four drives. Virginia Tech's kick returner Demitri Knowles did manage to bring a kickoff back 93 yards for a touchdown but for the third straight quarter, UNC put up double digit points.

Things would get interesting in the final frame though with the Hokies moving 90 yards in five plays thanks to a 66-yard Logan Thomas to Corey Fuller touchdown connection. Thomas would find Fuller again for the two point conversion to cut the lead to 11 but UNC extended it back to 14 with a 40-yard Casey Barth field goal on the following drive.

That cushion would hold until the clock hit 0:00 with Thomas being sacked by LB Kevin Reddick and DT Sylvester Williams on fourth down of their final drive. After getting the ball back, Bernard would successfully run the remaining 2:48 off the clock to give the Tar Heels a big divisional win.

Box Score Hero: A.J. Blue had two rushing touchdowns but Giovani Bernard stole the show with 23 carries for 262 yards and a score.

Rankings Ramifications: Virginia Tech already dropped out of the USA Today Poll last week so this surely won't help. UNC could receive some votes if the AP takes note of their third straight dominating win.

But Did They Cover? North Carolina more than did their job as 1.5-point favorites.

For More On This Game: For continued North Carolina coverage, head on over to the Tar Heel Blog. If you're looking for Virgina Tech's reaction, pay a visit to Gobbler Country.

Next Week's Schedule: The Hokies head back home to take on North Carolina's rival: the Duke Blue Devils. As for the Tar Heels, UNC will be beginning a two-game road trip as they head to Miami to face the Hurricanes.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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Hokies trail 28-20 at halftime

The Virginia Tech Hokies will need to make a second half comeback on Saturday if they're to improve to 2-0 in ACC play. The Hokies currently trail the North Carolina Tar Heels 28-20 at halftime in the ACC battle.

Virginia Tech got the scoring started early in the first quarter, when quarterback Logan Thomas scored on a 13-yard touchdown rush, capping off a four-play, 57-yard drive.

North Carolina didn't take long to respond, as Brooks Abbott returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, evening the game at 7-7.

The Tar Heels took a 14-7 lead later in the first quarter, when North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner rushed for a 4-yard touchdown.

Like the Tar Heels earlier, the Hokies didn't take long to respond. Thomas hooked up with Marcus Davis for a 49-yard touchdown strike, evening the game up at 14-14.

The back-and-forth scoring continued in the second quarter, but with a caveat, as the Tar Heels punched it in the end zone twice, while the Hokies had to settle for two field goals. Consequently, North Carolina takes a 28-20 lead into halftime.

Virginia Tech will need to slow down North Carolina's running game in the second half. The Tar Heels have gained 124 yards on the ground, on just 17 carries.

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