T.J. Yates burrowed for a one-yard score to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive, giving the Heels the lead and a 15:30-to-3:49 time of possession advantage.
Offended by this, Tech responded with a field goal after a 20-play, 87-yarder that lasted about five thousand years and involved Lucas Cox shoving Joshua Nesbitt for a fourth-down conversion at some point as kings were born, wars were won, and humanity discovered time travel, which is the only reason I can think of for a drive lasting so long.
Tech’s defense looks great on first and second downs; Carolina is an absurd five of six on third-down conversions.
Lanky Tech receiver Stephen Hill has come alive, dragging a pile for twelve yards after a smoke screen and breaking an end-around through traffic for another 16.
Carolina’s defense had made a point of taking away Nesbitt’s running, but that’s changed. They forced a pitch on every outside run until about halfway through this drive. The typically stoic Nesbitt hopped up from his longest run jawing with Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter as a referee nagged.
Tech has 203 yards rushing, and Carolina has 158 yards passing.
At one point Carter took advantage of Anthony Allen’s high-shouldered, haters-gonna-hate running style, getting low and forcing Allen out on what should’ve been a first down. Allen converted on the following play, a dive.