CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Virginia Tech forced North Carolina into mistakes and punished the Tar Heels for their missed scoring chances. Now the No. 16 Hokies are a win from returning to the ACC championship game.
Tyrod Taylor hit Marcus Davis on two third-quarter touchdowns to help the Hokies beat the Tar Heels 26-10 on Saturday for their eighth straight win.
Taylor threw for 249 yards and the Tech defense locked down the Tar Heels after halftime, helping the Hokies improve to 4-0 in Chapel Hill since joining the league in 2004.
Tech entered with a chance to wrap up the Coastal Division for the fourth time in six seasons, but Miami's easy win at Georgia Tech foiled that hope. Virginia Tech needs to win either of its final two games to reach the title game Dec. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.
The Hokies, who opened with losses to Boise State and James Madison, have won five of their six ACC games by at least 11 points.
"I think we're playing at a high level right now, and as long as we continue to play it, I think people will eventually respect us," Taylor said.
Virginia Tech trailed 10-9 at halftime after three Chris Hazley field goals, two when drives stalled inside the UNC 15. But Taylor found Davis for a 43-yard gain on the opening drive of the third, then hit him again for the go-ahead 11-yard score with 10:38 left in the quarter.
MARYLAND 42, VIRGINIA 23: D.J. Adams ran for three touchdowns and freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien ran for one and threw for two, leading the host Terrapins to a critical victory over the Cavaliers, who had beaten Maryland in the three previous meetings. "Losing three years in a row is not good, and I wanted this one real bad," Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I think the kids knew it. I've been on them all week."
N.C. STATE 38, WAKE 3: Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in what might have been his final home game to lead North Carolina State. The Wolfpack's junior quarterback, honored before the game along with 19 seniors, hasn't decided whether he'll return for one more season or continue his pro baseball career. N.C. State scored on four of six second-half drives to pull away.
BOSTON COLLEGE 21, DUKE 16: Chase Rettig threw two third-quarter touchdowns and the host Eagles made a late stand. BC survived two fumbles in the red zone by Montel Harris, one of which was returned for a TD.