It was clear and 74°F in Lane Stadium prior to kickoff. After Virginia Tech thumped North Carolina 59-7, some shade set in.
"I felt it was a little gratifying," said WR Cam Phillips of Tech's blowout win over UNC. "As you heard, the game last year with the hurricane and I'm pretty sure the weather today was about, what, 65, 70 (degrees). So, just to go out there and win like we did and play a complete game from offense, defense, and special teams was just really fun to see and fun to be a part of."
Each phase of the game for the Hokies chipped in on touchdowns to culminate in Tech's largest margin of victory in an ACC game.
Phillips caught 5 balls for 49 yards and one score. Moreover, the senior surpassed Isaiah Ford to become Tech's career reception leader (212).
"Every player, every coach has a certain team that really gets under their skin, and they really, really want to beat them more than everybody else," Phillips added. "I know for coach Fu, this is probably that team. I say this is a close second for me."
That sentiment is seemingly shared among Tech's locker room.
Just caught a highlight that showed the half-second handshake between Fedora and Fuente. There is nothing but ice coldness b/w those staffs— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) October 22, 2017
"We can't control the weather," said Bud Foster after the game. "We can't control the injuries. The one thing we can control is our attitude, and our work ethic, and our commitment to one another, and I thought our kids exemplified that today."
Disregarding any excuses from across the sideline, Virginia Tech is 2-0 against North Carolina during the Justin Fuente era (Tech's outscored UNC 93-10 in those two games), and the Hokies are 11-3 against the Tar Heels since joining the ACC in 2004.