Tech welcomes North Carolina for Homecoming tilt

BLACKSBURG – No. 14 Virginia Tech returns to action this weekend as the Hokies face North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 3:30 p.m. as a part of Homecoming weekend in Blacksburg. The game can be seen ESPN2 with Mike Patrick and Tommy Tuberville on the call.



• Virginia Tech (5-1) enjoyed a bye weekend following a 23-10 win at Boston College (10/7). Tech will host North Carolina (10/21) in a homecoming matchup on Saturday.
• UNC (1-6) has suffered four straight losses and is 0-4 in ACC play. UNC’s only win this season was a 53-23 win at ODU (9/16). Tech posted a 38-0 win vs. ODU (9/23).
• UNC is coming off a 20-14 loss vs. Virginia (10/14).
• Tech registered a 34-3 win at No. 17 UNC (10/8/16) in a contest played amidst Hurricane Matthew. UNC’s last visit to Lane Stadium was a 30-27 OT win for the visitors in a contest that marked Frank Beamer’s home finale.
• Tech owns a 4-1 mark against ACC Coastal Division foes under head coach Justin Fuente.

• With a win over North Carolina, Tech head coach Justin Fuente would bypass C.B. Cubbage (15 in 1921-22) for the most wins by a Virginia Tech head coach in his first two seasons.
• Tech is 4-1 in the month of October, 4-0 vs. programs from North Carolina and 13-0 when leading at the half under Fuente.

• Tech is 10-3 (.769) in ACC play against UNC.
• Since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2004, Tech is 118-15 when holding foes to 24 points or fewer, including a streak of 17 straight wins.
• Over that same span, Tech is 78-3 when holding foes to 14 points or less, including a 45-3 mark in ACC play.
• Dating back to a 34-17 loss vs. Virginia Tech (10/4/14), UNC is 1-13 when scoring 24 points or fewer. UNC is 0-7 under head coach Larry Fedora when scoring 14 points or less.
• Under Fedora, UNC is 20-4 (.833) in ACC games when scoring 30+ points. UNC had won 13 straight such games before suffering a 47-35 loss vs. Louisville (9/9).
• UNC has averaged 12.0 ppg during its four-game losing streak.
• Tech is second in the ACC and seventh in FBS in scoring defense (13.7 ppg) and excluding opponent return scores, The #LPD is allowing 12.5 offensive ppg.

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