Georgia Tech Dominates North Carolina 33-7 To Go 2-0 In ACC
Live Blog From Bobby Dodd Stadium By Don Stone - Georgia Tech Express

 Matchup: North Carolina Tar Heels (1-3, 0-2 ACC) at Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
 Date: Saturday, September 30. 12:00pm (ET)
 Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
 Georgia Tech Game Notes: North Carolina Tar Heels Game Notes: ACC Football Weekly Notes:
 Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson's Press Conference - Click Here
  UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora Press Conference - Click Here
 TV: ESPN2
 Jason Benetti, play-by-play, Kelly Stouffer analyst, Kris Budden, Sideline reporter
 RADIO: In Atlanta: 680/93.7 The Fan
 
 Play-by-Play, Andy Demetra; Analyst, Sean Bedford; Sideline Reporter, Wiley Ballard
 Satellite:
Sirius 112 / XM 193

  Georgia Tech will try to keep the momentum going from a two game winning streak as they host another struggling ACC opponent. Saturday, North Carolina comes in off a disappointing 27-17 loss to rival Duke last weekend in Chapel Hill. They lead again in the fourth quarter, as they had in all their games. But, again, they blew that lead being outscored 14-0. The Tar Heels' 1-3 record through four games is their worst start since 2013. UNC is 0-2 in ACC play for the first time since 2014 (the Heels started 2-0 in conference action last season and went 8-0 in league play in 2015). North Carolina's defense, which returned seven starters from last year's 8-5 squad, has allowed 23 points or more in every game this season and is surrendering 33.0 points per game on the year.
  But, the Tar Heels have given the Yellow Jackets problems in recent years, winning the last three. And, they've done well on the road, winning ten of their last eleven away from home.
  Tech head coach Paul Johnson said this year's Tar Heel team is completely different than the one that beat the Jackets in 2015. "They got a few guys hurt. Offensively, they lost the first pick in the draft at quarterback (Mitch Trubinsky). Now with the Proehl kid (Austin) being injured, they lost everyone who played a year ago.
  "Some different offensive linemen and rubbing backs. So, they're a different team. Some of what we experienced in 2015.
  UNC has actually only won at Bobby Dodd Stadium once in the last twenty years. Not helping has been the number of injuries to key players. Austin Proehl, Thomas Jackson and Rontavius Groves, among his best receivers, are hurt. Jackson is lost for the season. Groves and Proehl might be as well. Also gone for the year is starting offensive lineman, William Sweet. OL Tommy Hatton, hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion early in the season. Several others have been hurt as well.
  During his Monday press conference, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said he had never experienced such a rash of injuries. "No," he said...six times..."No, no, no, no, no, no."
  Last week, Tech outgained Pitt by nearly 250 yards (484-235) despite committing a season-high four turnovers. They continue to lead the nation in rushing offense (393.7 ypg). Tech BB KirVonte Benson (196) and QB TaQuon Marshall (112) both rushed for at least 100 yards for the second time in three games this season. Marshall and Benson rank second and third in rushing in the ACC.
  But, the Jackets' defense was the story of the win forcing seven three-and-outs in 13 defensive series and limited the Panthers to just 37 rushing yards in the convincing victory.
  For the season, the Ramblin' Wreck has forced 19 three-and-outs in 37 defensive series (51.4 percent). The only team in the nation that has forced three-and-outs at a higher clip this season is Michigan (30 in 53 possessions - 56.6 percent).
 Another beautiful Saturday in Atlanta for football. Tech started the game off at their 17 with a quick three and out. As a result, North Carolina began in great field position at their 48. They couldn't take advantage and also couldn't move the ball. The Jackets tried again from their 10.
  Ricky Jeune pulled in an 8 yard catch with Marshall falling forward for a first down and some breathing room at the 22. A toss to Benson got another first at the 33. But a sack cost the Jackets. Marshall got the first at the 44. Looking to pass, Marshall was sacked again for a three yard loss at the 41. But, he got it back and more with a run up the middle to the UNC39. Benson picked up six to the 33. A QB keeper netted another first down at the 28. A toss left to Clinton Lynch got it to the 24. Cayson Collins was hurt on the play. Jerry Howard took the handoff and got 14 into the red zone at the 10. Benson was taken down at the five for a second and goal. Marshall escaped a sack and scooted to the right pylon for the first points of the game, 7-0.
The 18 play drive tied for the ninth longest in school history going 90 yards taking 8:54, surviving a pair of sacks along the way.
  UNC got a 40 yard Ratliffe return and was again in good field position at their 44. Again, they got nothing when Antonio Simmons sacked Surratt for a loss of nine. An unnecessary roughness call pushed them back to their 16. "There was great energy in there so I was just trying to make a play and get us off the field," said Simmons on the sack.
  Tech began their drive at their 32. Another sack of Marshall forced a punt to the 23.
  Jordon Brown carried the ball to the 33 as the first quarter ended. The defense held and the Tar Heels still didn't have a first down with a combined total of 7 first quarter yards of offense. GT got the ball on their 22. Their defense, which so far had kept them in the game stopped the Jackets again. After a holding call on the kick, UNC had the ball at their 23.
  A pass to Brown finally got the Heels their first first down with a 26 yard gain to the GT46. Also the first time in Tech territory. Another completion up the middle to and another first down at the 24. But the promising drive stalled at the 23 with Freeman Jones coming in. But the junior kicker missed leaving them with a goose egg.
  Tech took over at their 23 with a 4 yard Benson carry. Nathan Cottrell took a toss right for a first down at the 33. Benson for five straight ahead. Shamire Devine had to be walked off the field. On a third and two, Marshall was stopped a yard short. Johnson took a time out and decided to go for it on fourth and one at the 42. With Devine back in the game, Benson got the first at the 44. Lynch carried it for five to midfield. But a false start on Jake Stickler undid the gain. A nice catch by June just before falling out of bounds got another first at the UNC43. At the 34, Johnson again went for it on fourth and one. This time a toss to Lynch got what they needed and much more for 24 yards bringing up a first and goal at the 10. They made it as far as the three. This time, Johnson brought in Shawn Davis for a 21 yard field goal to give the Jackets a 10 point lead with just 1:08 left in the half. This extended drive went 17 plays going 74 yards using 7:37 of clock.
  Brown caught a 7 yard pass for a first down at the 39. Chass Surratt kept it for 8 as Fedora called a time out. A third down catch by Brandon Fritts got a new set of downs at the GT48 with 25 seconds remaining. Brown caught another and on a  third and nine at the 12, Marshall found Jejune with a diving catch in the end zone for a commanding 24-0 lead. got nine to the 39. But, Step Durham sacked the BE at the 38 forcing Fedora to take his second time out with 15 seconds to go. A pass to Ratliff-Williams got five. With one second on the clock, Jones tried a 52 yarder that came up short. Halftime score 10-0.
  UNCLE began the second half from their 23 just down by 10 but showing no signs that they were capable of scoring even that much. A three and out didn't help their cause but a rolling 61 yard punt did, pinning the Jackets on their 11.
  A fumble was fallen on by Lynch. On a third and 8, Marshall looked to pass, then saw green and scampered for 21 to the 25. Devine came out again. Another first at the 36. Benson carried it for nine to the 45. Just as I was thinking, "no turnovers so far," the Jackets coughed it up with the Heels recovering at the GT48. Then on the next play, A.J. Gray picked Surratt off at the 37.
  On the next play, Benson shook a few defenders then found open field down the west sideline for 63 yards all the way to the end zone to pad Tech's lead 17-0. Unlike the other scoring drives, which chewed up 18 and 17 plays respectively, this one took just one.
  TB Michael Carter got a first down on a 7 yard carry to the 36. A false start made it first and 15 at the 31. On a third and 9, Sarratt got a first at the 46. Carter carried it for four and with a third and one, Brown took the ball and ran all the way to the GT20. Bug a pair of holding calls on the offense, reversed the great play and moved it back to the UNC45 About a net 35 yard penalty. . The third and 11 was too much to overcome forcing a punt. The touchback gave Tech the ball at their 25.
  It was announced that Devine had an upper body injury and would not return. Marshall found some holes and weaved his way for 65 yards for a first and goal at the 13. SS Donnie Miles was banged up on the play for the Tar Heels.
  UNC started at their 27 with Brandon Harris in at quarterback hoping for a spark. But the spark came from the Tech defense as Gray got his second interception of the day, returning it 19 yards to the UNC24. Brad Stewart caught one for 16 for another first and goal at the 8. Then, UNC got a break as Benson fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback. The Heels averted more points and had the ball at the 20 as the third quarter came to an end.
  Another long drive eating up 8:21 of clock resulted in a 25 yard field goal for a 27-0 lead.
  Johnson has said that he prefers to give his backups playing time over stats and that's what he did. A 34 yard completion to Jordan Cunningham probably would not have happened with the starters in and neither would the resulting only score of the game for the Tar Heels. Matthew Jordan in at QB got six more points for Tech for a final dominating score of 33-7.
  Even with the lopsided victory, Johnson was less than satisfied. "It wasn't pretty but we made some plays and I guess if you can rush the ball for 400 yards you usually win most of the games."
 
  Next up, Georgia Tech has another originally unscheduled bye as the plan for a trip to Miami on October 14.

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