CHAPEL HILL, NC -- For the first time this season, the Virginia Tech offense's slow start isn't to blame.
But once again, the Hokies' defense can't stop anybody.
North Carolina rolled up 533 yards and steamrolled Virginia Tech 48-34 Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Giovani Bernard also rushed for 262 yards, the most yards ever given up by Virginia Tech on the ground.
It's hard to know where to begin with the Hokies' defense. The numbers speak volumes. Virginia Tech had the ball for almost a minute longer, but gave up big play after big play.
Collectively, the Tar Heels had 339 yards rushing. Junior A.J. Blue, usually giving Bernard a rest, rushed for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Bryn Renner had much of the attention leading up to the game, running the high-tempo attack. He passed for 194 yards and a touchdown, but didn't need to do more than that.
If there's one positive, it's that the Hokies' offense finally got rolling. Virginia Tech scored on its first possession of the game and behind for most of the time after that, threw for 354 yards with the right arm of junior quarterback Logan Thomas.
After the game, coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster acknowledged that it will be tough to rebound. It certainly will be tough if the Hokies have to play catch up as the defense continues to struggle.