The Tar Heels will return to the gridiron a week from Thursday to meet Miami in a nationally televised game against Miami.
Coming off of a 27-17 loss to Virginia Tech, they will have to wait through a bye week to attempt to end a 3 game losing streak.
On Saturday, Marquise Williams got the start over Bryn Renner. Renner injured his foot the previous week.
North Carolina fell behind the Hokies early on Saturday but attempted to fight back. Virginia Tech held a 14-0 lead and took a 21-7 advantage that was too much for the Tar Heels to overcome.
Williams threw for 277 yards and rushed for 56 in Renner's absence. He passed for two touchdowns but threw two interceptions.Quinshad Davis and Eric Ebron both caught touchdown passes in the losing effort.
It was an improved defensive effort for North Carolina who gave up over 600 total yards to East Carolina the previous week. Virginia Tech finished with 341 total yards, 35 yards less than North Carolina gained.
But 3 turnovers hurt the Tar Heels in the game along with Logan Thomas who improved his quarterback play for Virginia Tech, passing for 3 touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Tar Heels fell to 1-4 with the loss and are tied for last with Duke in the Coastal division. They will look to rebound against a red hot Miami team who are undefeated at 5-0. They have a bye this week, as well.
Renner's status will be updated leading to the Miami game. Miami only give up an average of 16 points a game while averaging just over 45 on offense. The Tar Heel defense will have their hands full against a team with a good balance of running and passing, led by Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson.
It will be a 7:30 start on October 17 from Kenan Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.