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UNC 7, Virginia Tech 59: Stop, stop, they’re already dead

As painful as expected. Maybe even more so.

North Carolina v Virginia Tech Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

This game was ugly. Ugly may be an understatement.

It’s not necessarily that anyone in particular did something wrong, but that everything continued to go wrong for the Tar Heels. Virginia Tech is a much, much better team and it showed from start to finish on Saturday.

As they have done often this season, the defense showed some encouraging signs of life early. The Hokies’ first two scores came on a fumble recovery for a touchdown and a 91-yard punt taken all the way to the house. Virginia Tech scoring without UNC’s defense actually being on the field was a recurring theme.

Chazz Surratt got injured. He was replaced by Brandon Harris, who also got hurt. Surratt was able to return but Harris remained on the sidelines in street clothes after his injury. Of the two, Harris did show signs of life today despite also throwing two interceptions. Sort of weird to say that someone who did that looked better, but you’ll have to take my word for it. It’s unfortunate that he also fell victim to the massive collection of injury problems.

UNC did manage to crack the scoreboard with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Anthony Ratliff-Williams took a 43-yard pass from Surratt into the end zone to at least steal away the bragging rights of a dismantling on top of a shutout.

Next week the Heels get Miami in Chapel Hill. The result may end up quite similar to this one.