Georgia Tech Vs. North Carolina Final: 30-24, Jackets

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Georgia Tech Vs. North Carolina Final: 30-24 Jackets

Today’s score matched the final from Carolina’s opener against LSU, with the Heels suffering the same result.

Joshua Nesbitt opened the half with a 37-yard tackle-shedding haul off tackle, led by Roddy Jones’ blocking. A holding call forced a third-and-17 attempt from Carolina’s 30, with Nesbitt skying a pass out of bounds to a wide-open Embry Peeples on a simple flat route. Peeples may have had a chance to convert, but would’ve certainly put Tech within reasonable field goal position. Scott Blair banged home an unreasonable 46-yarder anyway, his second longest attempt ever.

All day T.J. Yates has done a good job of checking down to his tight ends. Zack Pianalto fumbled after grabbing his fifth catch, with Tech recovering and winning an official’s review.

Scott Blair kicked his third field goal, a 36-yarder (after missing both of his attempts during his last game at UNC). Nesbitt took a shot to the back of the head after scrambling to nearly convert a third-down, and lingered on the ground for a beat.

Butch Davis clearly decided Carolina’s ensuing drive, with about six minutes to go, would decide the game. He attempted a fourth-down conversion from his own 33, with Mario Butler almost preventing UNC’s receiver from converting. Izaan Cross sacked Yates on the next play for an eight-yard loss, but an interference call on Butler moved the chains.

Yates missed a snap after taking a knee to the ribs on a scramble, but returned to fling a stuffed shovel pass on fourth down.

Tech is now 2-1. Carolina starts 0-2. More to come.


Suspended North Carolina Tailback Shaun Draughn Set To Return Against Jackets

Great news!

One of Carolina’s suspended players, senior tailback Shaun Draughn, is good to go this Saturday. That’s one down, twelve to go, and it’s only Monday.

Draughn has averaged 74.5 yards from scrimmage per game in his collegiate career. In his two games against Tech he’s turned in 118 and 28.

Heels coach Butch Davis, via Doug Roberson:

“Shaun has been cleared and will be able to join the team this week as an active participant,” Coach Butch Davis of UNC said this morning at his weekly press briefing at the Kenan Football Center. “As far as Shaun’s role, certainly we’ll try to get him back into the flow of things.”


Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game: LSU Hangs On For Ugly Win Over UNC, 30-24

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – T.J. Yates led 18th-ranked North Carolina to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and nearly a third on the final play of the game, but it wasn’t enough for the short-handed Tar Heels, as No. 21 LSU barely held on for a 30-24 win at the Georgia Dome.

The Heels were without 13 players for the season-opener. Seven of those were for violations of school or NCAA rules and six others were kept out while the investigation continues into possible violations of North Carolina law involving sports agents.

Yates had over 400 yards passing, with over half of that being reeled in by Jheranie Boyd, but the Tigers (1-0) were able to thwart final pass to the end zone.

It all seemed lost for the Tar Heels (0-1) after Yates was sacked from the blind side by Tyrann Mathieu, and the Tigers recovered at the UNC 39 with 1 1/2 minutes left. But Stevan Ridley fumbled the ball away on third down, giving UNC life again.

Boyd made a key 21-yard catch, and Yates followed that with a 20-yarder to the sideline for Joshua Adams. A nine-yard connection to senior tight end Zack Pianalto put the ball at the six with six seconds left. The two tried hooking up again in the back of the end zone, but Pianalto couldn’t hold on.

That gave Yates a last try with two seconds left. He looked for Pianalto over the middle, just over the goal line, but the pass fell incomplete as linebacker Stefoin Francois impeded the tight end’s progress with his left hand. Yates motioned for a penalty flag, but none came and LSU coach Les Miles breathed a sigh of relief.


LSU And College Gameday Setting Up At The Dome For Chick Fil A Kickoff Game

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN, College Gameday (featuring Erin Andrews) will be broadcasting from the Georgia Dome.

Branding has commenced. Via the Georgia Dome’s Twitter:

Also, LSU’s team semi truck:

We would show North Carolina’s vehicular transport, but after recent roster adjustments they only needed a minivan to haul the team down.


North Carolina Down 15 Players For Saturday Night's Game vs. LSU At The Dome

North Carolina is going to lose to LSU tomorrow night at the Dome. The NCAA probe damage is worse than expected. Whatever the series of code words I’m allowed to use in order to encourage you to place a wager on a game may be, assume I’ve inserted them here. Heather Dinich reports:

Six North Carolina starters — defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little, defensive end Michael McAdoo and defensive end Robert Quinn — have been declared ineligible for Saturday’s season-opening game against No. 21 LSU for “violating school and/or NCAA rules,” the university announced Friday.

Six other players also will be withheld from the game while the NCAA’s two-pronged investigation continues. Those six are: tailback Shaun Draughn, defensive end Linwan Euwell, safety Brian Gupton, tailback Ryan Houston, safety Da’Norris Searcy and safety Jonathan Smith.

LSU, meanwhile, is dealing with hardships of its own: the school’s baseball stadium has seen its last game. No, listen, that will have a major impact on Saturday’s game.

UPDATE: PodKATT, managing editor of SB Nation's tremendous LSU community, corrects my college baseball misstep:

I'll forgive it because I doubt you follow college baseball, but the stadium that is closing is Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Nebraska, the home of every College World Series Final for over 50 years (until corporate interests forced Omaha to build new digs, *grumble*) .

There are those who consider it an LSU home field when we make it there, and it has been the site of some of the greatest moments in LSU history in all sports. Including this one:

But I'm sure the locals would be pissed if we called the Johnny our own.

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