(Saturday, September 26th)
Final Score: Georgia Tech 24, (22) North Carolina 7
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Josh Nesbitt rushed for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns while completing 7-of-11 passes for 89 yards as Georgia Tech downed 22nd-ranked North Carolina, 24-7, at Dodd Stadium.
Jonathan Dwyer led all players with 158 rushing yards on 19 carries for the Yellow Jackets (3-1, 2-1 ACC), who racked up 317 yards on the ground in all.
"It was a great win for our program. I am really proud of our guys and I think a lot of people had written us off," said Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. "We simplified on defense and thought our defense played well."
T.J. Yates was limited to 137 passing yards, one score and two interceptions on 11-of-26 completions for the Tar Heels (3-1, 0-1), who were held to just 17 yards on the ground and 154 total yards of offense.
Erik Highsmith was the top receiver, catching six balls for 107 yards and a TD in defeat.
Roddy Jones capped Tech's successful first possession of the game with a 13- yard touchdown run, and neither side could capitalize on several drives until Scott Blair's 34-yard make with 6:26 left in the half put Georgia Tech ahead 10-0.
UNC's Casey Barth missed a 32-yarder with 2:12 left in the half but Tech didn't capitalize on their possession before intermission.
Blair missed a 27-yarder low and wide left with 6:17 remaining in the third quarter, but the Tar Heels' offense continued to sputter.
Yates was later intercepted near midfield by Morgan Burnett who returned the ball to the North Carolina 38. Nesbitt completed that series eight plays later with a one-yard plunge for a 17-0 lead a minute and a half into the fourth.
Yates was able to connect with Highsmith on a 40-yard score on the following drive which got the Tar Heels within 10 points, but Nesbitt scored on a 10- yard rush with 4:10 left in regulation to close out a massive 17-play drive which consumed more than eight minutes off the clock.
Yates and UNC had one more chance to score inside of two minutes remaining but Burnett came up with his second pick of the contest with a return to the 23- yard-line. Nesbitt took a knee on the final three plays to wrap up the victory.
"It was a sound defeat. Third-down efficiency was totally disastrous; we were 1-of-11, they were 10-of-19," noted UNC head coach Butch Davis. "They did a tremendous job executing their offense, and they kept our defense on the field."
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 24-18-3 and has reeled off four wins in the last five meetings...The Yellow Jackets rolled up 406 total yards of offense and held onto the football for more than 42 minutes.
09/26 17:20:58 ET