By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Braxton Burmeister ran for a landing and threw for an additional and Virginia Tech made Sam Howell look pedestrian in a 17-10 victory over No. 10 North Carolina on Friday evening within the opener for each groups.
Burmeister scored on a 4-yard run and located James Mitchell for an 11-yard scoring strike because the Hokies constructed a 14-0 lead they took into halftime.
Howell, who’d thrown eight landing passes in two prior games towards Virginia Tech, was sacked six instances and intercepted 3 times, the final when he threw wildly whereas within the grasp of Jordan Williams and located Chamarri Conner on the Hokies 40.
The play was reviewed, and when the officers introduced that it was an interception, the sellout crowd at Lane Stadium erupted with reduction. Many followers joined the group in celebration on the sector after the game, which marked the primary time for the reason that 2019 season that fan attendance was not restricted.
Howell did grow to be the Tar Heels’ profession landing cross chief with 69 when Josh Downs took a display cross 37 yards for a rating within the third quarter, however he was unable to search out his common magic late.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels’ want to interchange Howell’s high two targets from final season was hampered drastically by the play of the Hokies secondary, which frequently induced him to carry onto the ball for a very long time. In one stretch, Howell was sacked on three consecutive performs after dropping again to cross.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies drove for 2 touchdowns and to the North Carolina 10 on their first three possessions, failing to attain on the center drive when Keshawn King fumbled the ball away. They then performed conservatively till Howell’s cross to Downs bought the Tar Heels on the board at 14-7.
The Tar Heels might be at dwelling to face Georgia State on Saturday.
The Hokies stay at dwelling and face Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
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