CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The rain from Hurricane Matthew kept coming. So too did Virginia Techs aggressive defense, along with an offense that kept chipping away through its own mistakes.Consider it proof that the No. 25 Hokies are catching on to what their new coach is preaching.Jerod Evans accounted for three touchdowns while the defense shut down No. 17 North Carolina in a 34-3 road win Saturday played in heavy rain the hurricane brought as it made its trek north.What I do like is I do think theyre good listeners, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. I do think theyre listening to our process.Since a Week 2 loss to Tennessee, Virginia Tech has won three straight blowouts -- this one against the reigning Coastal Division champion Tar Heels (4-2, 2-1), who had beaten Pittsburgh and Florida State on last-second scores in the past two weeks.Simply put, the Hokies were tougher than both the Tar Heels and the unfavorable conditions.Were tired of hearing about everybody else, Evans said. Were tired of hearing about UNC, Miami, Clemson, Louisville, etc. Those are great teams, dont get me wrong. ... But at the same time, we feel like we should be mentioned in those categories with those guys. So every week we have a statement we want to make.The Hokies had their share of weather-related troubles, including seven fumbles, bobbled snaps and a season-low 264 yards.But Bud Fosters defense locked down on UNCs Mitch Trubisky, who entered as one of the nations top passers. UNC finished with 131 yards, with Trubisky throwing his first two interceptions of the year, while the Hokies scored 20 points off four turnovers.UNC, playing without injured top tailback Elijah Hood, failed to score a touchdown for the first time under fifth-year coach Larry Fedora.They were in the right spots when I couldnt put the ball in the right place, Trubisky said. They were there to make the play and break it up. Overall I dont blame it on the weather. I just think it was us.THE TAKEAWAYVIRGINIA TECH: Theres that familiar bring-your-lunch-pail edge taking shape with this group. Virginia Techs nationally ranked defense won battles up front, while its offense did a much better job fighting through the weather conditions.They know what the tradition is and the expectations are, Foster said. And theyre working extremely hard to live up to those and get it back to that.NORTH CAROLINA: The wet weather doesnt fully explain why the Tar Heels high-flying offense looked so, well, waterlogged. They never got in rhythm and never responded as the Hokies pushed through them -- a curious all-around clunker for a surging team.Im not going to blame it on the weather, Fedora said. They played in it, too. They seemed to handle the weather. We did a poor job all the way around.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Hokies slipped into the AP Top 25 after a bye week and look like theyll stick around a while. As for the Tar Heels, they fell out of the rankings after a season-opening loss to Georgia, then returned this week for what could be another brief stay.SPUTTERING OFFENSEUNCs 131 yards were its lowest since a 1999 loss to Wake Forest, while the 31-point margin of defeat was the worst for UNC since a 41-10 loss to rival North Carolina State in 2008. Trubisky, who entered with three straight 400-yard passing games, threw for 58 yards.And receiver Ryan Switzer, who had a two-game ACC record of 30 catches against Pitt and FSU, had two catches for 2 yards with a couple of drops.WEATHER ISSUESThe rain was in full force roughly two hours before the game kicked off, and didnt let up. That meant a sparse and soaked crowd for one of UNCs biggest home games, with plenty of Hokies fans making the trip.The National Weather Services Raleigh office reported Hurricane Matthew brought nearly 9 inches of rain in nearby Raleigh between midnight and 8 p.m.UP NEXTVIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies play a cross-division game at Syracuse in their first meeting since 2003.NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels travel to No. 10 Miami in another critical Coastal matchup, with the home teams winning the past two seasons by a combined 55 points.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap and the APs college football site at http://collegefootball.ap.org Corey Seager Jersey . The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. 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Two teams coming off road losses 24 hours prior meet Friday night at the Prudential Center, where the New Jersey Devils host the St. Louis Blues.The Devils dropped a 5-2 decision to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, a game which will be best remembered for irate Montreal goaltender Carey Price pummeling New Jersey forward Kyle Palmieri following a goal-mouth collision late in the first period.Its a hockey play, Palmieri told the teams web site following the game. It is what it is. (Price) was protecting himself. It happens.Though the loss was only New Jerseys first in the past three games, the Devils have struggled the past three weeks. They are 3-8-3 in eleven games since bolting out to a 9-3-3 record to start the season.Thursday marked the eighth time in the last 10 games that the Devils allowed four goals or more, a major reason for their current woes. Goaltending and solid team defense was New Jerseys calling card a year ago, and early this season when the Devils surrendered more than three goals only twice in the first 16 games and held opponents to two or fewer ten times in the same stretch.Cory Schneider gave up five goals on a whopping 49 shots in Thursdays defeat. Keith Kinkaid will get the start in goal Friday when the Devils return home where they own an 8-0-2 mark at the Prudential Center, so far. New Jersey is the NHLs only club not to have lost a single game in regulation on home ice this season; and that 10-game run is the longest in franchise history without a defeat on home ice.Theres a lot we all can do better, Schneider said Thursday. At the same time, we need to regroup and face a good St. Louis team (Friday).Taylor Hall, who scored a goal and added an assist in Montreal, is set to appear in his 400th National Hockey League contest Friday night. 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Thats the bottom line.Fabbris goal Thursday was assisted by Vladimir Tarasenko, who now has 28 points on the season, tops on the Blues and tied for third-most in the NHL. Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Blues, tying the game, 2-2, in the second period. However, the Blues ultimately fell when New Yorks Anders Lee scored his second goal of the night midway through the third period to break the tie.We left the game to chance, said Brodziak. We didnt really do enough to gain control of the game. Theyre a good team thats playing well, playing with confidence. We have to find a way to gain control earlier in the game and not leave it 50-50 like that.Fridays meeting will be the first this season between the Blues and Devils, who will conclude their season series in a rematch next Thursday in St. Louis. 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