Thomas' big day leads Tech past Tar Heels

Thomas' big day leads Tech past Tar Heels

Saturday October 5, 2013


BLACKSBURG (HokieSports.com) – On a day in which he became Virginia Tech's all-time leading passer, Logan Thomas threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Hokies past North Carolina 27-17 in an ACC game played Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

With the win, the Hokies moved to 5-1 overall, 2-0 in ACC play. Tech beat North Carolina (1-4, 0-2) for the eighth time in the 10 meetings between the two teams since the Hokies joined the ACC.

"This football team finds a way to get it done, and I like that," Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "We grind. It's not always smooth. It's a great effort. Our practices have been great, and I've told you from the beginning that I like this group. Even though we have a bunch of young guys, they're getting older every game."

Despite a sluggish third quarter, the Hokies managed to put the Tar Heels away with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Nursing a 21-10 lead, the Hokies were forced to punt from midfield, but Tar Heel punt returner Ryan Switzer mishandled the A.J. Hughes' punt, and the Hokies' Chase Williams recovered at the UNC 17 with 6:26 left.

Six plays later, tailback Trey Edmunds barreled into the end zone from the 1. Cody Journell's extra point was blocked, but the Hokies led 27-10 with 4:06 remaining. The Tar Heels scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marquise Williams to Quinshad Davis with 1:09 left to cut the lead to 27-17, but the Hokies' Charley Meyer recovered the onsides kick, and Thomas took a knee to run out the clock to end the game.