Reid had six total tackles on the day but will be remembered most for his instinct with 12:45 left in the fourth quarter.
Reid's quick hands off a deflected pass from Cavalier quarterback Matt Schaub all but saved UNC. Trailing 23-17 early in the fourth quarter, Virginia marched to the UNC 35 and looked to score the go-ahead touchdown.
The sophomore free safety was able to snag the pass off Virginia receiver Kase Luzar's shoulder and scampered 67 yards down the right sideline untouched. It was the decisive turnover UNC needed hanging on to a precarious six-point advantage.
"A turnover on defense is huge in a game, and any time you get a turnover and score, it's real huge," Reid said.
Perkins Returns to Tar Heels
Defensive tackle Anthony Perkins, expected to miss all of 2001 after tearing his medial cruciate ligament and part of his posterior cruciate ligament, unexpectedly saw game action on Saturday.
The senior, who started every game last year, entered early and assisted on a tackle.
"Everything went well," Perkins said of his return. "I just have to understand I'm not going to be that type of senior I was before. It's going to take some time, but I know I can get there."
Perkins returned to practice on Oct. 2, but UNC coach John Bunting appeared surprised that week when reporters told him UNC trainer Dan Hooker had predicted Perkins would be ready to play by the Virginia game. That week, Perkins wore the green jersey that signifies that he's not to be hit or tackled and worked on individual drills.
Red Zone Woes
Although the Tar Heels held on to win Saturday, the Tar Heels had trouble punching home touchdowns from the red zone.
UNC had the ball inside Virginia's 20-yard line three times but could only score six once, when Andr
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