Virginia Tech: 3 Takeaways from the 17-10 win over #10 North Carolina

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Sep 3, 2021; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Students ran onto the field to share in the victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels with Virginia Tech Hokies offensive lineman Luke Tenuta (69) following the game at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Week one of the 2021 college football season was full of surprises and full of shocking upsets. The Virginia Tech Hokies found themselves on the right side of an upset this past Friday night as they hosted the #10 North Carolina Tar Heels. The Hokies shocked the Tar Heels and the world with a 17-10 score.

The Hokies needed a strong start to the season or they would find themselves being in a difficult position to be in a postseason bowl game. The Tar Heels were considered big preseason favorites to contend for the ACC Conference title and to win the Coastal Division.

Hokie Nation brought their A-Game to cheer for the team tunnel through to the end of kickoff. That same could be said for the players and coaches as they were determined to knock off the Tar Heels. The Hokies wanted revenge for last season’s 56-45 loss on the road to North Carolina. Head coach Justin Fuente is now 5-1 when facing the Tar Heels.

They got their revenge on the Tar Heels by throwing off their plans for a perfect season and a potential College Football Playoff spot in the first week of the season. Virginia Tech has proven so far that they are on the right path of a proper return to ACC title contention. While it is still early in the 2021 college football season, there is hope for a postseason bowl game and to potentially win the Coastal Division with one of the heavily favored teams down.

Here are three takeaways from the Hokies’ big upset over the Tar Heels.

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