With Lane Stadium bought out for the primary time in over a yr and a top-10 convention foe in city, the components for a season-opening upset have been in place on Friday evening in Blacksburg, Va. The Virginia Tech protection put all of them collectively to ship faculty soccer’s first banner outcome.
The Hokies shut down No. 10 North Carolina and Heisman Trophy hopeful Sam Howell, driving a havoc-causing defensive efficiency to a 17-10 win. Howell was sacked six occasions and threw three interceptions, as Virginia Tech led wire-to-wire.
Virginia Tech pitched a shutout in the primary half, dominating the time of possession by holding the ball for over 20 minutes. The Tar Heels punted on their first three possessions earlier than operating out the clock on their ultimate drive of the second quarter, whereas the Hokies’ protection was backed by a fired-up residence crowd.
North Carolina lastly scored late in the third quarter, whereas Virginia Tech answered with a subject objective on its subsequent drive to take a 17-7 lead. The Tar Heels pulled inside a landing on a 31-yard-field objective with below six minutes to play, then pressured a fast punt, however their subsequent drive ended with Howell’s third interception of the evening with below a minute to play to seal the win for the Hokies.
Howell, a second-team All-ACC choice in 2020 and a 2019 Freshman All-American, was 17-for-32 for 208 yards, one landing and three interceptions. Virginia Tech’s Braxton Burmeister accomplished 12 of 19 go makes an attempt for 169 yards, one landing and one interception whereas dashing for 42 yards and one rating. Defensive lineman Amare Barno had 3.5 tackles for loss, whereas Tyjuan Garbutt notched two sacks.
North Carolina could have its residence opener subsequent week towards Georgia State, whereas Virginia Tech faces Middle Tennessee at residence.
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