COL FB: Virginia Tech 24, N. Carolina 21

Nov. 17, 2011 at 11:44 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Quarterback Logan Thomas accounted for three touchdowns Thursday and No. 7 Virginia Tech survived a comeback bid to down North Carolina 24-21.

The Hokies climbed to 10-1 for the season and are 6-1 in the ACC's Coastal Division. If Virginia defeats Florida State Saturday, the Virginia Tech-Virginia season finale next week will determine the division champion and a berth in the conference title game.

Virginia Tech took a 24-7 lead into the fourth quarter with Thomas throwing for two scores and running for another.

North Carolina then scored in the final period on a 5-yard pass from Bryn Renner to Erik Highsmith and a 1-yard run by Ryan Houston.

Houston's score came with 2:32 to play, but the Hokies recovered the ensuing onside kick and eventually killed off all but 2 seconds off the clock.

Thomas threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Chris Drager that tied the score in the second quarter.

Cody Journell's 22-yard field goal in the second period put the Hokies in front for good, after which Thomas ran 23 yards for a touchdown and hit D.J. Coles with a 4-yard scoring pass.

Thomas was 19-of-32 for 195 yards. North Carolina fell to 6-5 and is 2-5 in league play.

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