GAMEDAY College Football

Virginia Tech 17, North Carolina 10

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Braxton Burmeister ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Virginia Tech made Sam Howell look pedestrian in a 17-10 victory over No. 10 North Carolina in the opener for both teams.

Burmeister scored on a 4-yard run and found James Mitchell for an 11-yard scoring strike as the Hokies built a 14-0 lead they took into halftime.

Howell, who'd thrown eight touchdown passes in two prior games against Virginia Tech, was sacked six times and intercepted three times, the last when he threw wildly while in the grasp of Jordan Williams and found Chamarri Conner at the Hokies 40.

The play was reviewed, and when the officials announced that it was an interception, the sellout crowd at Lane Stadium erupted with relief. Many fans joined the team in celebration on the field after the game, which marked the first time since the 2019 season that fan attendance was not limited.

Howell did become the Tar Heels' career touchdown pass leader with 69 when Josh Downs took a screen pass 37 yards for a score in the third quarter, but he was unable to find his usual magic late.

Virginia Tech athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UNCVaTech
VaTech TD 10:01 Braxton Burmeister 4 yard TD run (John Parker Romo Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter UNCVaTech
VaTech TD 3:07 James Mitchell 11 yard TD pass from Braxton Burmeister (John Parker Romo Extra Point) 0 14
Third Quarter UNCVaTech
UNC TD 4:20 Josh Downs 37 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 7 14
Fourth Quarter UNCVaTech
VaTech FG 14:18 John Parker Romo 48 yard field goal 7 17
UNC FG 5:53 Grayson Atkins 31 yard field goal 10 17
Team Stats
  North Carolina Virginia Tech
First downs 18 18
  Rushing 9 10
  Passing 8 7
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 1-10, 10% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 3-4, 75% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 30-146 43-138
Passing Yards 208 169
Return Yards 0 -1
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-33-3 12-19-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-27 1-9
Punts 4 4
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 5-44 2-25
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Howell 17 32 208 1 3
Virginia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Burmeister 12 19 169 1 1
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Chandler 10 66 6.6 0
D. Jones 6 43 7.2 0
S. Howell 13 35 2.7 0
C. Hood 1 2 2.0 0
Virginia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Burmeister 10 59 5.9 1
J. Holston 13 49 3.8 0
T. Robinson 2 25 12.5 0
T. Turner 1 12 12.0 0
R. Blackshear 10 10 1.0 0
K. King 3 2 0.7 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Downs 8 123 15.4 1
E. Simmons 3 46 15.3 0
A. Green 2 20 10.0 0
T. Chandler 1 9 9.0 0
G. Walston 1 6 6.0 0
D. Jones 2 4 2.0 0
Virginia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Blackshear 3 66 22.0 0
T. Turner 4 64 16.0 0
J. Mitchell 3 36 12.0 1
T. Robinson 1 2 2.0 0
D. Deiuliis 1 1 1.0 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Conley 1 0
Virginia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Waller 1 0
D. Hollifield 1 0
C. Conner 1 0
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 4 169 42.3
Virginia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Moore 4 177 44.3
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Robinson 1 -1 -1.0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Virginia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Virginia Tech Missed FG
Player Length
J. Romo 31




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