North Carolina recovered from a near-fatal mistake last night, fighting back and upsetting Virginia Tech 20-17 at Lane Stadium for its first ACC victory of the season.
Kicker Casey Barth delivered the win by hitting a 21-yard field-goal attempt as time expired. North Carolina trailed 17-14 with 11:51 left, but quarterback T.J. Yates led two scoring drives, the first for a tying field goal, and the defense forced a game-deciding turnover with 2:02 left.
"This feels so good," Yates said. "I've never felt this before. It just sends chills down your whole spine when your team's rushing out on the field after a big win. This is a hard place to play in. And there were big stakes."
Barth's game winner came almost five years to the day after his older brother, Connor, kicked a 42-yard field goal on Oct. 30, 2004, as time expired to give North Carolina a 31-28 home win over Miami, its only win over a top-five ranked team in school history.