BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP/WSET-TV) -- Logan Thomas matched his career high with three touchdown passes and Virginia Tech's defense made big plays when it needed to in a 27-17 victory against North Carolina on Saturday.
Thomas' scoring throws all came in the first half as the Hokies (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) still struggled to get their running game going, but won their fifth straight.
The loss was the third straight for the Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2), who pulled a surprise by starting dual threat sophomore Marquise Williams at quarterback in place of Bryn Renner, who injured his left foot last week. Williams, who made his first career start, played well but had a late interception in Virginia Tech territory on a fourth-and-1 when driving to make it a one possession game.
The Tar Heels later also fumbled a punt, leading to the Hokies' final touchdown and rendering Williams' 24-yard scoring pass to Quinshad Davis with 1:09 remaining inconsequential.
- Quarterback Logan Thomas (Brookville H.S) became Tech's all-time leader in passing yardage with his third completion, a 5-yard pass to Demitri Knowles. He moved past Tyrod Taylor (2007-10; 7,017 yards) and with 293 yards in the game, he now has 7,308 yards.
- UNC's passing game, normally efficient with Renner who had started 29 consecutive games, was still impressive. Williams threw for 277 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs.
-Kyshoen Jarrett and Kyle Fuller intercepted passes for the Hokies
-When asked during the postgame news conference if Tech is now positioned to go on a run in the ACC, Beamer said they're looking forward to getting better and beating Pittsburgh, a team that hammered the Hokies last year, next week.
-The Hokies had more penalties (one) than first downs (zero) in the third quarter.
-Trey Edmunds (Dan River H.S.) ran 14 times for 27 yards and a touchdown.