BLACKSBURG – Quincy Patterson to the rescue.
Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker won the hearts of fans and won his first two career starts. The offense hummed again on Saturday in the first half as North Carolina cleared a 10-point gap of 244 meters.
The feel-good story took another unexpected turn when he suffered an ugly left leg injury in the last minute of the second quarter. Repetitions showed that his leg got stuck in the turf and turned in the wrong direction.
While former quarterback Ryan Willis made a cameo appearance on Saturday ̵
The NCAA's new overtime rule came into effect after the fourth hour of overtime, and the game ended with an alternate two-point transformation of the teams. It was not only the longest game in the history of both programs, but also the longest game in ACC history.
Khalil Ladler stopped both North Carolina's two-point attempts in the background. He stopped Michael Carter at the UNC's first attempt to win the game with the Tar Heels. Security ensued when quarterback Sam Howell was fired in the sixth extra time.
Patterson won the game with a highly competitive run over the left side of the offensive.
North Carolina had a chance to win the game with a 35-yard field goal in the third extra time, but missed the right-hand goal while Tech missed a 42-yarder who would have won the game in the fourth extra time.
After exchanging field goals in the first extra leg, North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell turned a third-and-7 swing into a running back Javonte Williams to the 8-yard where Howell moved two games later, Beau Corrales hit for an 8-yard touchdown.
Tech responded with Patterson, who scored an 18-yard touchdown for Damon Hazelton for a fourth and third goal. North Carolina had to hold on to the ball, but Hazelton had no problems crushing the one-handed grip.
It was not nice when Tech took a conservative approach and Patterson played his first extended meaningful snapshots . It paid off when Patterson broke a 53-yard touchdown run that tied the game 4:31 to 31-31. The Redshirt freshman launched his first touchdown with a 22-yard pass to Tayvion Robinson.
Patterson finished the game with two touchdowns (one pass) for 54 yards with 3 of 6. He also had 21 carrying positions for 128 yards.
Tech's defense helped to force the game into extra time, forcing quarterback Sam Howell to be dismissed on both drives in the final minutes (Divine Deablo and Norell Pollard each reached the quarterback).
North Carolina's offensive It was hard for me to get the first quarter's success going after an 8-game 71-yard deficit and a trick play towards the end of the game.
Howell brought the Tar Heels into the fourth game with 31-24 in the lead when he hit Antonie Green with a touchdown of 63 yards, which began with a reverse gear.
At the start of the game, Virginia Tech fans had flashbacks to the recent one-sided home defeats when North Carolina needed less than a minute to score 75 yards for a goal. Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell met Dazz Hewsome for a 47-yard touchdown with 14:12 in the first quarter to claim a 7-0 lead.
Newsome took the lead with both techies from Tech (Chamarri Conner and Divine Deablo). North Carolina Runs Back Michael Carter also had a long 28-yard run driving through the heart of the Tech Defensive Front. Newsome added a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
After Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker fumbled at his own 34-yard line, North Carolina kicker Noah Ruggles scored a 26-yard field goal to score 10: 0.
The Tar Heels offense did the first Pretty much everything she wanted and made 152 yards (99 passes) with eight first downs.
The Virginia Tech crime shrugged and managed to gauge its ACC rival.
Broad receiver Tre Turner, who missed the last two games, came late when Tech finally owned the neighborhood. He had three catches for 74 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown catch. He was wide open with two seconds ahead of Tech's 10-7. Turner finished the game with five catches for a career height of 106 meters.
Tech added two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the half-time to break 21-17 in the break 2-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left in the half. It was the third game in a row with a touchdown for McClease (a premiere in his career). The ride was equipped with a nice 20-yard jump from James Mitchell and first departures from Hooker and McClease.
Tech held up the pressure by forcing a quick three-and-off exit and then driving straight back down the field. McClease interrupted a 24-yard run and Keene put the team back in the red zone with an 18-yard catch.
The Hokies entered the 15-yard line, where the journey almost came to a halt when Hooker went down with his injury. He came out of the game in third, but former starter Ryan Willis came into the match, giving Damon Hazelton a 11-yard touchdown. Hazelton made an impressive impression over his shoulder as he was pushed offside.