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Virginia Tech defense _ led by Fuller's pick-6 _ shuts down North Carolina in 34-17 win

  • Virginia Tech's Marshawn Williams (42) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Virginia Tech's Marshawn Williams (42) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer (12) looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer calls a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Virginia Tech won 34-17. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer calls a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Virginia Tech won 34-17. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

Kendall Fuller returned an interception 47 yards for a momentum-shifting touchdown and Virginia Tech beat North Carolina 34-17 on Saturday.

Michael Brewer was 18 of 27 for 186 yards with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Bucky Hodges, while Marshawn Williams had an early 8-yard scoring run and J.C. Coleman had a game-sealing 1-yard TD.

The Hokies (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored two touchdowns in the opening 3½ minutes, forced three turnovers and had five sacks while avoiding their first 0-2 start to league play since joining the ACC a decade ago.

Elijah Hood had a short touchdown run and Marquise Williams rushed for 94 yards and was 17 of 33 for 187 yards passing.

He briefly made things interesting with his 9-yard touchdown pass to Quinshad Davis with 4:15 left.

The Tar Heels (2-3, 0-2) have lost their first two conference games for the second straight year.

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