If you're looking for a thought-provoking, soul-crushing analysis, this is not going to be it. If you want that, read this: The Gobbler Country Manifesto I posted after last week's loss still applies in nearly every way. If anything, the only thing necessary is to ADD to that 6,600+ word post, and I don't think I have it in me right now. Don't think that my lack of post-game reaction is a lack of emotion over what I just watched. I'M MAD AS HELL WE'RE LOSING, AND NOT JUST LOSING, BUT GETTING CURB-STOMPED! AND IT HAS TO STOP! IT MUST STOP! WE AS FANS WILL DEMAND THAT IT STOPS! But for now, I will leave it to this short post, and return to the issue when it doesn't make me feel like I am dying inside.
The Hokies got on the board first with a 13-yard Logan Thomas run several minutes into the game. 14 seconds later the Tar Heels had tied it up at 7, after Sean Tapley housed a kickoff on a 94-yard return. UNC scored again exactly eight minutes later on a Byrn Renner 4-yard plunge to go up 14-7. Marcus Davis was then the recipient of a 49-yard pass from Logan Thomas to knot it at 14. And that was just the first quarter. Virginia Tech is not a shootout team.
The ACC's best running back, Giovani Bernard (which he and the Virginia Tech defense helped to prove emphatically today as he went for 262 yards, the most Tech has allowed a single opponent player to rush for under Beamer) scored seven seconds into the second quarter from 62-yards away.
Bernard finished w/262 yards, most ever against a Beamer-coached #Hokies team. 48-34 #UNC wins.— David Teel (@DavidTeelatDP) October 6, 2012
Tech got the ball in UNC territory for most of the second quarter, but came away with only two field goals, all while North Carolina picked up ANOTHER touchdown via an A.J. Blue 1-yard run. The score at the half was a 28-20 UNC advantage.
The Hokies held the Tar Heels from scoring for several minutes, but they struck first in the second half nearly eight minutes in on a Sean Tapley pass from Bryn Renner to make it 35-20. Tech added a Demitri Knowles touchdown on a 93-yard kickoff return, but failed to convert on a two-point conversion (too early to try that there. EXTEND THE GAME!), which cut the lead to 9, 35-26.
UNC added a Casey Barth field goal and an A.J. Blue run late in the third to extend the lead to 19 entering the fourth quarter. Tech opened up the quarter with a deliberate, ball-control offense that had they used all year, would have given them success, but down three scores, was incredibly stupid and expected from VT faithful. Corey Fuller ended up catching a 66-yard Logan Thomas touchdown pass, but it was over from there, as UNC even tacked on after that point.
Logan Thomas threw for 354 yards, the Hokies only rushed for 40 yards after sacks, and the final score was 48-34. What else you need to know? I'm out of time an energy on this one, so I'll leave you with this. The 3-3 start according to several prominent tweeters is the worst since 1992, when the Hokies finished 2-8-1. That is all.