Virginia Tech 34

(3-3, 1-1 ACC)

North Carolina 48

(4-2, 1-1 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:30 PM ET, October 6, 2012

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 T
VT 14 6 6 834
UNC 14 14 17 348

Top Performers

Passing: L. Thomas (NOR) - 354 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: G. Bernard (UNC) - 23 CAR, 262 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Fuller (EAST) - 5 REC, 143 YDS, 1 TD

Gio Bernard's career-best 262 rushing yards propel North Carolina

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Gio Bernard rushed for a career-high 262 yards and a touchdown, Sean Tapley and A.J. Blue added two TDs apiece, and North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 48-34 on Saturday.

Tapley returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and added a 19-yard scoring catch from Bryn Renner for the Tar Heels (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They won their third straight, rolled up 533 total yards and claimed their first home victory over the Hokies (3-3, 1-1) since 1938.

Blue had touchdown runs of 1 and 13 yards, and Renner finished 17 of 30 for 194 yards with a touchdown pass and a 4-yard scoring run.

Logan Thomas was 26 of 49 for 354 yards with a 13-yard touchdown run and two long touchdown passes. Demitri Knowles took a kickoff 93 yards for a TD for the Hokies, who are off to their worst start since opening 2-3-1 in 1992.

Bernard surpassed his previous best of 165 yards set last year against Duke, and nobody has rushed for more yards against a Frank Beamer-coached Virginia Tech team. Bernard also became the Tar Heels' first 200-yard rusher since Ronnie McGill rolled up 244 against Wake Forest in 2003.

Bernard had two rushes of at least 50 yards -- including his 62-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 on the first play of the second quarter that put the Tar Heels ahead to stay.

North Carolina began to pull away midway through the third quarter, going ahead 35-20 on the Renner-to-Tapley touchdown pass before Knowles took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown.

Virginia Tech went for two, trying to make it a one-score game, but Thomas' pass over the middle didn't have a chance, and the Tar Heels scored the next two times they touched the ball.

Casey Barth kicked field goals of 44 and 40 yards for North Carolina. Its 48 points were the most scored in the series by either team, and the Tar Heels gained at least 500 total yards for the third time under new coach Larry Fedora.

Thomas threw an early 49-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Davis and added a 66-yarder to Corey Fuller with 8:55 left for the Hokies, who lost for just the sixth time in 33 ACC road games.

The Tar Heels entered outscoring their previous three opponents at Kenan Stadium by a combined 155-6 and hadn't allowed a touchdown at home all season. Thomas didn't need much time to end that streak, bursting through on a 13-yard keeper to make it 7-0 barely 2 minutes in.

Tapley then tied it -- and started the Tar Heels' scoring binge -- by taking the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown. That was the first kick return for a score against Tech since 1993, the longest streak in the country.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2227
Total Yards394533
3rd Down Conversions7-165-14
4th Down Conversions0-21-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD12:55Logan Thomas 13 Yd Run (Cody Journell Kick) 70
TD12:41Sean Tapley 94 Yd Kickoff Return (Casey Barth Kick) 77
TD04:41Bryn Renner 4 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 714
TD02:15Marcus Davis 49 Yd Pass From Logan Thomas (Cody Journell Kick) 1414
TD14:53Giovani Bernard 62 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1421
FG07:41Cody Journell 40 Yd 1721
TD04:09A.J. Blue 1 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1728
FG00:41Cody Journell 35 Yd 2028
TD07:49Sean Tapley 19 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Casey Barth Kick) 2035
TD07:36Demitri Knowles 93 Yd Kickoff Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2635
FG03:56Casey Barth 44 Yd 2638
TD01:19A.J. Blue 13 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 2645
TD08:55Corey Fuller 66 Yd Pass From Logan Thomas (Logan Thomas Pass To Corey Fuller For Two-Point Conversion) 3445
FG05:34Casey Barth 40 Yd 3448

Research Notes

North Carolina RB Gio Bernard's 262 rush yards is the second-highest total in FBS this season. His 11.4 yards per rush is a school record for highest in a game. His total is the 5th-highest in school history and the most by a Tar Heel since 1988. Most Rush Yards in Game, North Carolina History Yds Opponent 1986 Derrick Fenner 328 Virginia 1988 Kennard Martin 291 Duke 1977 Amos Lawrence 286 Virginia 1970 Don McCauley 279 Duke 2012 Gio Bernard 262 Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech allowed 48 points in a loss at North Carolina Saturday. The 48 points allowed by the Hokies are the most they've allowed in a conference game since joining the ACC. It is also tied for most in a regular season game in the last 10 seasons (allowed 48 in a loss at LSU in 2007).
Sean Tapley's kickoff return for a touchdown was rare for a Virginia Tech opponent. The Hokies had not allowed a kickoff return touchdown in 237 games (last was by Syracuse in 1993), which was the longest active streak in the nation.

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