When heading to Kenan Stadium this Saturday, expect nothing less than a bowl game atmosphere.
It has been a season riddled with NCAA sanctions and controversy for the Heels, but don’t count Butch Davis’ squad out for this Coastal Division showdown. For the Heels, they will be following up a back and forth, hard fought, and emotional win over FSU in Tallahassee. The UNC squad will be looking to keep their ACC division title hopes alive, but will have to do so without their leading rusher Johnny White. While this may seem like a hard loss it is not something coach Butch Davis will let change his plan of execution. The Tar Heels rank 93rd in rushing yards, at 124.2 yards a game. It seems that if TJ Yates can manage the game in similar fashion to his last weeks performance against FSU, it will be interesting to see the final score in this one. Need I mention the UNC defense, who is not what they were last year, but can certainly shake up a team like Virginia Tech (as seen last year on Thursday in Blacksburg). The game last year came down to a late fumble that UNC recovered in Tech territory with 2 miutes left in the game. This set up a field goal as time expired to give the Heels a great upset win. They will look for that against an equally inspired VT team this Saturday. UNC is well coached, and motivated to take the Hokies off their throne.
What can I say? After I finished crying into my rain soaked Ryan Williams jersey on Saturday, September 11th, I was ready to throw in the towel. I had been heartbroken before, and it seems that no matter what I do this Virginia Tech team can chew me up, spit me out, and I am ready to pull for them the next week. It is now the Hokies tenth game, and they find themselves on a 7 game winning streak. Behind Tyrod Taylor, and a rejuvenated defense, the Hokies are two wins away from winning the ACC coastal for the 3rd time in 4 years. They will need to find a way to replace some key members of the team this weekend. David Wilson, the hero of the latest Thursday night adventure, will be out with mononucleosis. Dyrell Roberts, who had to have emergency surgery on a bruised thigh, will miss the rest of the regular season. This means that Tony Gregory, a redshirt Freshman, and Davon Morgan, a Senior rover, will handle the kick return duties. This puts a small handicap on the one thing that you can count on for the Hokies. Tech has used great field position from special teams all year to aid their 16th ranked offense. After Ryan Williams came in and out for just about a half on Thursday Night, the question has to be: is he 100 percent? He brought that hard nosed, quick cutting running style that earned him the nick-name Lil’ Sweetness, but only got a handful of carries. With Wilson out, and Darren Evans not used to riding solo, it will be very important for the standout back to get in the game. I hope the Hokies can contain Yates, and hold up that aggressive defense. Look for Jayron Hosley and Ryan Williams to make impacts on defense and offense, respectively.
Virginia Tech is not a team that will let the pressure get to them, but the Heels will certainly make them feel all the pressure they can handle.
Virginia Tech 31 North Carolina 27
About the Author
Written by Logan Cecchine
I am a Virginia Tech undergrad, and plan on graduating with a degree in human development, as well as a minor in leadership and social change. I am a huge fan of all sports, but college football and basketball are on the top of my list. I am a fan of the Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, Denver Broncos, and my Hokies.