North Carolina 48, Virginia Tech 34 Game Notes
Release: 10/06/2012
Postgame Notes • Oct. 6, 2012
North Carolina 48, Virginia Tech 34

• Carolina's 48 points marks the first time UNC has scored 45 or more points in back-to-back games since 1993.

• The 48 points scored by Carolina are the most by either team in the history of the series and the most Virginia Tech has allowed in a conference game since joining the ACC. Carolina's previous high against Tech in an ACC contest was 24 in a 2004 loss and the previous highest total for either team was Carolina's 42 points in the 1998 Gator Bowl. The 34 points were the most by the Hokies in a loss to the Tar Heels. The 82 combined points makes today the highest scoring game in series history (previous, 60 points in a 39-21 UNC victory in 1930).

• The 48 points were the most allowed by the Hokies since LSU posted 48 in 2007.

• UNC's 28 first-half points were the sixth-most allowed by Virginia Tech in school history and the 48 points in the game equal the seventh-most allowed by the Hokies.

• Carolina accumulated 533 yards of total offense, the second consecutive week with at least 500 yards. The Tar Heels gained 575 last week against Idaho.

• Carolina rushed for 339 yards, the first time the Tar Heels have gone over 300 rushing yards as a team since 2004 (341 vs. William & Mary). The 339 rushing yards are the third-most ever allowed by Virginia Tech.

• TB Giovani Bernard rushed for a career-high 262 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. He is the first Tar Heel to rush for 200+ yards in a game since Ronnie McGill rushed for 244 yards against Wake Forest in 2003. The 262-yard mark is the fifth-highest in UNC single-game history and the most ever gained against Virginia Tech in any game.

• The 11.4 yards per carry for Bernard is the highest mark in school history, surpassing Kelvin Bryant's mark of 11.1 in 1981 vs. East Carolina.

• Bernard scored a 62-yard touchdown on a 4th-and-inches carry on the first play of the second quarter and broke a 51-yarder in the third quarter. He has now gained 50-or-more yards on five plays this season (runs of 51, 59, 62 and 68, punt return of 70). Bernard now has 22 career touchdowns, including 18 rushing scores.

• In the first quarter Bernard had three rushes for minus 3 yards - over the last three quarters he had 20 carries for 265.

• In one stretch of 11 carries from the second to third quarter Bernard had nine carries for at least 10 yards, including two carries of 51 yards or more. He averaged 19.5 yards during the 11-carry stretch. Bernard finished the day with 10 carries for at least 10 yards on the day.

• WR Sean Tapley caught two passes for 43 yards including a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was Tapley's first kickoff return touchdown and the first for Carolina since T.J. Thorpe took a kickoff back 100 yards at Clemson in 2011. Tapley now has four touchdowns on the season.

• The kickoff return touchdown was the first allowed by Virginia Tech since 1993. The Hokies had gone an FBS-record 237 consecutive games without allowing a kickoff return touchdown.

• QB Bryn Renner passed Jason Stanicek for fourth place on the UNC career passing yards list with 4,516. He also moved past Ronald Curry on the career completions list and now ranks fourth all-time at Carolina with 361.

• Renner recorded his first rushing touchdown of the year, a 4-yard scoring play in the first quarter.

• Renner has thrown for 15 touchdowns on the season, one shy of eighth place on the UNC single-season list and now has 41 career touchdown passes, third all-time at Carolina.

• Tailback A.J. Blue carried eight times for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his fifth and sixth rushing touchdowns of the season. Blue scored on a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter and a 13-yard run in the third.

• LB Travis Hughes made perhaps Carolina's biggest defensive play of the day when he stripped Michael Holmes and returned the ball eight yards. UNC would score on the ensuing drive when Renner hit Tapley for a 19-yard touchdown.

• PK Casey Barth converted all 6 of his PAT attempts on the day. Carolina has made 153 consecutive extra points, including a school-record 115 in a row by Barth. He also extended his school record for career made field goals to 60 with a 44-yarder in the third quarter and a 40-yarder in the fourth quarter. The 44-yarder was his longest of the season.

• OG Jonathan Cooper started his 41st career game Saturday, most among active offensive linemen in the ACC.

• The touchdown allowed by Carolina in the first quarter was the first scored by an opponent at Kenan Stadium in 2012, snapping a string of 12 straight quarters to start the year.

• Virginia Tech became the first Tar Heel opponent of the season to score in the third quarter when Demitri Knowles returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return touchdown against Carolina since 2007.

• Virginia Tech entered Saturday's contest averaging 149.6 yards rushing per game and were held to 40 yards on 25 carries.

• Cornerback Tim Scott had his team-leading third interception of the season. He also had six tackles and two pass breakups.

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