Georgia Tech Vs. UNC: Jackets 4-0 For First Time Since 1990

A talented North Carolina defense gave Georgia Tech's offense its first actual challenge, but a ferocious Jackets pass rush helped keep Tech unbeaten.

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Georgia Tech Vs. North Carolina Final Score: Jackets Pass First Test

The North Carolina Tar Heels offense found itself in the second half, producing three touchdowns in 15 minutes to force a tie score in the second half. But for the first time since their 1990 national championship season, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 4-0 after winning, 35-28.

Two touchdown passes from Bryn Renner and a 55-yard breakout by Giovani Bernard, his second touchdown of the day, made it 28-28 with eight minutes to go. Eight minutes is about one standard Paul Johnson drive's worth of time, but this year's Jackets team favors the quick strike ... a 48-yard Roddy Jones run set up a Tevin Washington dive, and the Jackets retook the lead with five to go.

Bernard remained the entire UNC offense, reaching 180 yards worth of total offense a minute into the drive. The Heels had a hard time keeping Renner clean, however, as Steven Sylvester racked up Tech's fourth sack of the day. A sign of how much Carolina needs Bernard: they ran him up the middle on second-and-17 with three minutes left while down by a touchdown. On third-and-22, Renner overshot his man, and a pair of penalties gave Tech the ball at midfield after the punt.

Tech burned clock and punted back, giving up a third-and-long conversion despite putting constant, overwhelming pressure on Renner. A UNC penalty inside the 10-second mark ended the game -- which might please a few Tennessee Volunteers fans who saw their team lose the Music City Bowl to this very Heels team before that rule was enacted

496 yards worth of total offense isn't quite what Tech's offense has cranked out so far this year, but it's still a strong showing against a talented  -- if undisciplined -- defense. And if not for a dropped catch by Stephen Hill, who otherwise had a great game, it would be more like 530 total yards.

For more, roll up on Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat and North Carolina blog Carolina March.

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Georgia Tech Vs. UNC Halftime Score: Roddy Jones Touchdown Extends Lead

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington has now completed 17 passes on the year, with eight of them going for touchdowns. He found Stephen Hillhe of the GIF-worthy one-handed catches, for a wide-open 59-yard score to make it 10-7 Jackets over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Just before halftime, Roddy Jones plowed in for a short yardage touchdown, putting Tech up 17-7.

Washington has turned the ball over twice, however, throwing a pick into something like triple coverage and losing a fumble. That was his first pick of the season. Considering Tech has missed a field goal, gone for another field goal, and turned the ball over twice ... it could be a whole lot worse for the Heels right now.

Hill has been fantastic, catching four passes for 118 yards already, the last of which was a 34-yarder that included a sneaky shove to clear out some space. "Sneaky." #codedlanguage

Tech's defense has forced four punts already, even managing to block one of them. Other than UNC's opening drive, the Heels haven't been able to get a whole lot done with the ball. Pretty impressed so far. The yardage differential: 272 to 84. 

UNC's best player, defensive end Quinton Coples, was spotted on the bench with his head in his hands for several minutes. Carolina has some work to do.

For more, roll up on Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat and North Carolina blog Carolina March.

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Georgia Tech Vs. UNC Score: Not Playing Kansas (Or WCU) Anymore

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have the greatest offense in the country, if you're into nothing but stats. Their ACC opener and first game against actual competition marks their chance to prove this year's attack actually ranks among the country's elite.

The North Carolina Tar Heels' offense took an early lead after a Giovani Bernard touchdown rush on the opening drive. UNC also became the first team this year to prevent a touchdown on Tech's opening drive -- in fact, the Heels were the first team not to let the Jackets score a touchdown on their opening play.

A false start on Orwin Smith, Tech's most productive offensive player, put the Jackets in a third-and-long, setting up a surprising field goal attempt on fourth down. Paul Johnson usually just goes for it, in case you haven't paid attention to Tech football since the George O'Leary days (nobody paid attention during the Chan Gailey days).

It's 7-3 UNC halfway through the first.

For more, roll up on Georgia Tech blog From The Rumble Seat and North Carolina blog Carolina March.

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Georgia Tech Vs. UNC: TV Schedule, Game Time And More

After starting the season 3-0 in very impressive fashion, Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have the opportunity to prove that their fast start wasn't just about who they played in the first three weeks of the season. North Carolina comes to Atlanta on Saturday and with it a chance to grab the first conference win of the year and a chance to showcase their solid ground game and improved passing attack. 

North Carolina comes into Saturday's game with solid defensive numbers against the run however, they figure to get a substantial test from the Yellow Jackets. Carolina defensive coordinator Art Kaufman describes what he has seen from the Yellow Jackets thus far. 

"I think there’s no question, they are as good as I’ve seen them in that offense. It’s as good as I’ve seen that offense run. I just think that the players, they understand what to do and how to do it and they’re talented within what they’re doing,"

Game date, time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday Sept 24

Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta GA

TV: ESPN 

For more on this game, Georgia Tech fans should check out From The Rumble Seat and Tar Heel fans can join the conversation at Carolina March

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Georgia Tech Vs. UNC Spread, Odds Update: Yellow Jackets Are Touchdown Favorite At Home

Georgia Tech comes into Saturday's game averaging 59 points per game and over 600 yards of total offense. They are a touchdown favorite at home over the Tar Heels and 69 percent at oddshark.com are predicting the Yellow Jackets to cover. 

Tech is 3-0 this season and 4-1-1 in its last six games at home against the spread. Carolina also enter the game 3-0 but 2-1 against the spread this season. Interestingly the Yellow Jackets are just 2-5 in their last seven contests against the spread against North Carolina but have defeated the Tar Heels in 11 of the last 13 contests. 

With Georgia Tech averaging nearly 60 points a game by themselves, they have been a solid play against the number the entire season. On Saturday the number is 58.5 and 65 percent of the vote is going with the over. The Yellow Jackets have gone over in four of their last five games overall and have also gone over in four of their last five home match ups against North Carolina. 

For more on this game, Georgia Tech fans should check out From The Rumble Seat and Tar Heel fans can join the conversation at Carolina March

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Georgia Tech Football Schedule 2011: ACC Opener Looms Large For The Yellow Jackets

The 2010 season held a lot of promise for North Carolina before it was derailed by NCAA suspensions. The 2011 season had its own ominous start as head coach Butch Davis was let go just prior to the start of summer camp. With an NCAA investigation still swirling in Chapel Hill, interim head coach Everett Withers is charged with leading the team out of the chaos.

A Closer Look At The Tar Heels
Coach: Everett Winters 1st Season As Tar Heels Coach
Last Season: 8-5, 4-4 ACC Coastal
Returning Starters: 12 (six offensive, six defensive)
Key Players: WR Dwight Jones, DE Quinton Coples, DE Donte Paige-Moss

The first job facing Withers is replacing last year's starting quarterback T.J. Yates who had a career year as a senior. Sophomore Bryn Renner will get the first chance after playing sparingly in 2010. The running game also will be overhauled but it may not be as big of a drop off as it first appears thanks to the return of senior Ryan Houston who sat out all of last season as one of the NCAA suspensions. Dwight Jones is a solid No. 1 wide out but how Renner settles in as the leader of the offense will ultimately determine the success of this unit. 

Last season's suspensions hit the Carolina defense the hardest and the group never quite performed up to expectations. This season's squad will be led by defensive ends Quinton Coples and Donte Paige-Moss. The linebacking core lost two big time players in Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter but return Kevin Reddick and Zach Brown who each topped 70 tackles last season. The secondary will receive a boost from Charles Brown who returns from suspension for his senior season. 

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