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When Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina on Thursday night, it will be playing a winless team in ACC play. What? Yes, believe it. In case you fell asleep last night or were gripped by the Yankees-Angles playoff game, the Tar Heels are now 0-3 in the ACC after losing to Florida State, 30-27, which overcame an 18-point deficit in a stunning second-half rally. Here are some links to recap it.

It was a gritty, no-quit effort by Florida State in that second half. The Seminoles looked dreadful in the first half, but showed guts and heart after halftime to emerge from Chapel Hill with a needed win.

A big reason for Florida State's win was its passing offense with quarterback Christian Ponder, who threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, completing 33 of 40 passes.

While the Seminoles' offense has moved the ball well all season, that might come as a bit of a surprise because of North Carolina's passing defense, which was ranked first nationally entering the game. At the same time, North Carolina's struggling offense could not figure out Florida State's dismal defense. That was the story of this game.

Making matters worse for North Carolina, it fell flat at home in front of a large crowd of former players, including linebacker Lawrence Taylor and defensive end Julius Peppers. Not a pretty way for the Tar Heels to gear up for the Hokies.

By Mark Viera  |  October 23, 2009; 10:18 AM ET
 
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