The first domino of many to fall in the college football season fell on Friday night. The first ranked team to lose this season, though more will soon be set to join them, was the #10 North Carolina Tar Heels as they fell to Virginia Tech 17-10. It was far from a classic performance offensively, but the Hokies did what they needed to do, running out to a 14-0 lead at the half and hanging on in the end.
They intercepted NC QB Sam Howell three times in the upset win and had nearly 35 minutes of possession to ground the game to a halt. In other action, Michigan State got off to a winning start over Northwestern. It was largely down to the showing of running back Kenneth Walker III, who racked up four touchdowns and a ridiculous 264 yards on the ground on 23 carries. That’s over 23 yards per carry. It’s hard to beat that, and the Wildcats had no chance on this evening as they lost 38-21. Another milder upset took place as well when Charlotte defeated Duke 31-28 thanks to a TD in the last minute of regulation. It was the 49ers’ first-ever win over a Power 5 school.