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Virginia Tech dominates UNC 34-3 in a rainy road game

UNC's Tom Sheldon couldn't handle the snap on a punt. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

UNC's Tom Sheldon couldn't handle the snap on a punt. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Despite the inches of rain falling, No. 25 Virginia Tech (4-1) showed they belong in the polls after dismantling North Carolina (4-2) 34-3 on the road.

It was one of only four top 25 match-ups this college football weekend. It's the first top 25 battle for the Hokies since January 3rd 2012 (Sugar Bowl vs. Michigan).

Hokies #25 Cam Phillips tackles UNC's Tom Sheldon for a turnover. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Hokies #25 Cam Phillips tackles UNC's Tom Sheldon for a turnover.
(Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Bud Foster's defense held the Tar Heels to 131 total yards, and only eight first downs. UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky came into today's game with an average quarterback rating of 182.6. He went 13-of-33, only netting 58 yards and two interceptions.

The Hokies, changed their gameplan to a ground-and-pund tactic, rushing the ball 66 times for 189 yards. Travon McMillian was the leading rusher for the Hokies with 76 yards on 17 carries. "We had to find a way to run the ball, we knew it wasn't going to be a glamour game," Hokies head coach Justin Fuente says after the victory.Β  "To come in here and pull off a victory, it wasn't perfect, but it was a great team effort."

At 2-0 in conference play, Virginia Tech sits atop the coastal division. The Hokies continue their road tour at Syracuse next Saturday at 3:45 p.m.