Hokies Rally Past North Carolina, 20-17
Sept. 20, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Dustin Keys kicked the go-ahead 45-yard field goal to cap Virginia Tech's comeback from a two-touchdown deficit and beat North Carolina 20-17 on Saturday in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference division favorites.
Brandon Tate and Greg Little each scored touchdowns for the Tar Heels (2-1, 0-1), who had pointed to this game as their shot to prove they had arrived as a rising league power in Butch Davis' second season.
Little's 50-yard run up the middle gave North Carolina the 17-3 lead with 6:44 to play in the third, but the Hokies answered with a 13-play, 89-yard drive that ended with Evans' 10-yard run to make it 17-10. Then, after Little fumbled at North Carolina's 36-yard line, Virginia Tech capitalized again and tied it on Lewis' 11-yard run with 13:45 to go.
Yates, who was hurt while being sacked by Orion Martin, left the stadium briefly for X-rays before returning and watching the final minutes from a training table. That forced the Tar Heels to turn to redshirt freshman Mike Paulus, who threw an interception to end North Carolina's last best drive and threw another one on fourth down deep in his own end to seal the game.
The Tar Heels finished with 307 total yards. Little ran for just 21 yards on 17 carries outside of his long score, while Shaun Draughn lost a fumble in his own end to set up a first-half field goal.