Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt totaled 180 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to a 30-24 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels in an ACC bout at Kenan Stadium.
Nesbitt, who threw for only 76 yards, also added 104 rushing yards for Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC), while Anthony Allen led the ground game with 115 yards on 20 carries.
Johnny White led UNC (0-2, 0-1) on the ground with 113 yards and one touchdown, while T.J. Yates threw for 209 yards and one score on 18-of-24 efficiency.
The Tar Heels took the lead midway through the first quarter, as Casey Barth’s 20-yard field goal capped off a 15-play, 73-yard drive.
However, it did not take Georgia Tech long to respond, as the offense needed just three plays to earned a 7-3 edge. The big play on the quick drive was the 73-yard touchdown scamper by Orwin Smith.
Georgia Tech’s lead did not last long though, as Yates connected with Erik Highsmith for a 52-yard scoring strike.
The back and forth first quarter battled continued, as the Yellow Jackets went ahead 14-10 after Nesbitt hit Roddy Jones with a 23-yard touchdown pass.
North Carolina went back in front early in the second stanza when Yates slipped across the goal line on a one-yard quarterback sneak. The score capped off an impressive, 13-play, 80-yard drive.
The Yellow Jackets were able to send the game into the break tied at 17 apiece when Scott Blair connected on a 22-yard field goal on the last play of the second quarter.
White smashed through Georgia Tech’s defense en route to a four-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
However, once again, the Yellow Jackets were able to even the score, as Nesbitt crossed the goal line on a one-yard run late in the third frame.
In the final quarter all the Yellow Jackets needed to secure a victory was two field goals by Blair, who connected from 46 and 36 yards, respectively.