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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina ran wild in a 48-34 win over visiting Virginia Tech on Saturday at Kenan Stadium.

Tar Heels sophomore tailback Giovani Bernard rushed for a career-high 262 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries and quarterback Bryn Renner passed for 194 yards and a touchdown.

UNC (4-2, 1-1 ACC) broke Tech's 10-game win streak in road ACC games and beat the Hokies in Chapel Hill for the first time since 1938.

Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1) sunk to new depths in losing for the third time in the last four games.

The Hokies yielded their most points ever in an ACC game and haven't had three losses this early in the season since 1992, when they eventually ended up 2-8-1 in the season before their current 19-year bowl streak began.

The Hokies stayed within single digits on Demitri Knowles' 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown midway through the third quarter, but North Carolina broke away on Casey Barth's season-long 44-yard field goal and tailback A.J. Blue's 13-yard touchdown less than three minutes apart.

Tech cut UNC's lead to 48-34 on quarterback Logan Thomas's 66-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corey Fuller and the ensuing two-point conversion pass with 8:55 left in the fourth

quarter.

The Hokies drove to the Tar Heels' 25-yard line during their next possession, but Thomas was

sacked on fourth down to end the threat.

Thomas finished with a career-high 354 passing yards and three total touchdowns, but Tech managed only 40 rushing yards.

Bernard, meanwhile, had the most rushing yards against Tech during Frank Beamer's 26-year tenure.

The Hokies trailed the Tar Heels 28-20 after a marathon first half. Tech had almost a nine-minute advantage in time of possession but gave up some costly big plays.

The Tar Heels scored touchdowns on Sean Tapley's 94-yard kickoff return in the first quarter and a 62-yard run by Bernard in the second quarter.

Virginia Tech's offense showed some early punch with two touchdowns in the first quarter, but the Hokies' defense had no answer for the Tar Heels. UNC gained 239 yards in the first half and scored more points in the first two quarters than it had in any of its previous eight games against Tech.

The Hokies, who were held scoreless in the first quarter of their previous three games, shook

their early offensive woes with two first-quarter touchdowns.

For the first time all season, Tech scored on its first offensive possession. It drove down the

field in four plays and and reached the end zone on Logan Thomas' 13-yard run with 12:55 remaining.

The Hokies tied the score 14-14 on Thomas' 49-yard touchdown completion to wide receiver Marcus Davis with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter, but UNC built its lead by outscoring Tech 14-6 in the second quarter.

Kicker Cody Journell scored all of Tech's second-quarter points on field goals of 40 and 35

yards.

NOTES: UNC kicker Casey Barth went 2 of 2 on field goal attempts and now has a school-record 60 made field goals for his career. ... Hokies wide receiver Dyrell Roberts left the game in the first quarter after taking a jarring hit from safety Tim Scott. He did not return. ... Tar Heels sophomore tailback Giovani Bernard has scored eight touchdowns in four games this season. ... UNC has won two of its last three games against Virginia Tech. ... Hokies tailback Tony Gregory (knee) and linebacker Tariq Edwards (personal reasons) did not make the trip to Chapel Hill. ... Tech left guard David Wang started after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. ... Logan Thomas' 49-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Davis was the longest pass play allowed all season by the Tar Heels.
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