Hokies hold on to down UNC

BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Every time the Hokies have needed Logan Thomas since the loss to Clemson he has stepped up.  Now the first year starting quarterback has put Virginia Tech one step away from the ACC Championship game.

Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, leading No. 9 Virginia Tech to a 24-21 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night and another 10-win season.

After scoring the first touchdown of the game, UNC seemed poised to score again.  But the Heels fumbled the ball inside the five, and it was recovered by Highland Springs product Derrick Hopkins.  Tech then went on a 24-0 scoring streak, including touchdown catches from Chris Drager and DJ Coles.  UNC scored the next two touchdowns, but Virginia Tech defended an onside kick, and then ran the clock out.

The Hokies (10-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth in a row since a home loss to No. 7 Clemson and remained on track for a rematch with the Tigers in the ACC championship game. Virginia Tech would clinch its fourth Coastal Division title in five years Saturday night if Virginia loses at No. 23 Florida State.

If the Cavaliers win, the Virginia rivals play for a berth in the conference championship game Nov. 26.

North Carolina (6-5, 2-5) lost its second straight.

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