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Georgia Tech 21, North Carolina 17

(AP Photo/Chris Seward)

By BRENNAN DOHERTY
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Zach Gibson threw for 174 yards and Georgia Tech scored 21 unanswered points for a 21-17 road win against No. 13 North Carolina.

Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 17-0 late in the first half, but started to methodically move the ball. All three of its scoring drives were for 68-plus yards and culminated with rushing touchdowns.

A 6-yard score on the ground by Hassan Hall with just over 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter proved to be the ticket for the Yellow Jackets, who kept their bowl hopes alive and improved to 4-3 under interim coach Brent Key.

North Carolina (9-2, 6-1 ACC) was riding a six-game winning streak and clinched the ACC's Coastal Division last week. The Tar Heels had a chance to regain the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Josh Downs dropped a 4th-and-11 pass from quarterback Drake Maye in the end zone with just over four minutes remaining.

Maye, who had emerged as a possible Heisman contender as a redshirt freshman, failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season. He was also sacked a season-high six times by Georgia Tech, three of which came via Keion White.

After UNC went ahead 17-0 with a little more than three minutes left in the first half, Georgia Tech held the Heels to 97 yards of offense on their final 33 plays.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia Tech: For the second time this season, the Yellow Jackets looked unfazed on the road against a ranked opponent. Georgia Tech's balanced effort on offense (187 passing yards and 186 rushing yards) stymied UNC, and the Yellow Jacket defense did something few have done against UNC's offense this year: limit the big plays and defend well in the red zone.

UNC: The Tar Heels looked flat on offense for much of the night. After running back Elijah Green's 80-yard rushing score on their first play from scrimmage, they amassed only 285 yards the rest of the night and scored just 10 points on four red-zone visits.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Tar Heels are likely to see a considerable drop after falling to a Georgia Tech team that had lost three of its last four. The loss also effectively ends any outside shot the Tar Heels had at eyeing the College Football Playoffs.

November 19, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter GaTechUNC
UNC TD 10:56 Elijah Green 80 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 0 7
Second Quarter GaTechUNC
UNC FG 10:51 Noah Burnette 31 yd FG 0 10
UNC TD 3:13 Elijah Green 1 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 0 17
GaTech TD 0:48 Dontae Smith 2 yd run (Gavin Stewart kick) 7 17
Third Quarter GaTechUNC
GaTech TD 7:31 Taisun Phommachanh 4 yd run (Gavin Stewart kick) 14 17
Fourth Quarter GaTechUNC
GaTech TD 11:08 Hassan Hall 6 yd run (Gavin Stewart kick) 21 17
Team Stats
  Georgia Tech North Carolina
First downs 19 16
  Rushing 8 9
  Passing 11 7
  Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Efficiency 8-15, 53% 4-14, 29%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-4, 50%
Rushes-Yards 49-186 33-163
Passing Yards 187 202
Return Yards 55 58
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-23-1 16-30-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 6--31
Punts 5 5
Punts-Average 38.2 45.2
Fumbles Lost 3-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-20 2-25
Time of Possession 34:27 25:33
Georgia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Gibson 13 18 174 0 0
T. Phommachanh 2 5 13 0 1
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 16 30 202 0 1
Georgia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Hall 14 47 3.4 1
T. Phommachanh 10 44 4.4 1
M. Carter 1 40 40.0 0
J. Felix 7 36 5.1 0
D. Smith 12 16 1.3 1
Z. Gibson 2 9 4.5 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Green 10 92 9.2 2
O. Hampton 5 35 7.0 0
D. Jones 4 23 5.8 0
D. Maye 14 13 0.9 0
Georgia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Rutherford 6 68 11.3 0
H. Hall 4 57 14.3 0
D. Smith 2 32 16.0 0
J. Felix 1 17 17.0 0
M. Carter 2 13 6.5 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Nesbit 4 85 21.3 0
G. Blackwell 2 54 27.0 0
J. Downs 3 31 10.3 0
K. Morales 2 18 9.0 0
G. Pettaway 1 11 11.0 0
J. Jones 1 9 9.0 0
D. Jones 1 -1 -1.0 0
E. Green 2 -5 -2.5 0
Georgia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Brooks 1 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Duck 1 0
Georgia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Shanahan 5 191 38.2
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 5 226 45.2
Georgia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Shelley 1 5 5.0
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Downs 2 8 4.0
Georgia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Hall 2 50 25.0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Pettaway 2 50 25.0
Georgia Tech Missed FG
Player Length
G. Stewart 45
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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