Georgia Tech moves down from 17, disrupting No. 13 UNC


CHAPEL HILL, NC — Zach Gibson threw for 174 yards and Georgia Tech had 21 unanswered points for a 21-17 away win over No. 13 North Carolina on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference 5-6, 4-4) was down 17-0 late in the first half but began moving the ball methodically. All three scoring drives were for more than 68 yards and culminated in rushing touchdowns.

A 6-yard score on the floor by Hassan Hall with just over 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter proved the ticket to the Yellow Jackets, who kept their bowl hopes alive and settled to 4- under interim coach Brent Key. 3 improved.

North Carolina (9-2, 6-1 ACC) was on a six-game winning streak to secure the ACC’s Coastal Division last week. The Tar Heels had a chance to regain the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Josh Downs dropped a 4th and 11th pass from quarterback Drake Maye in the end zone with just over four minutes to go.

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Maye, who had emerged as a possible Heisman contender as a redshirt freshman, failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season. He was also fired six times by Georgia Tech, three of them via Keion White.

After UNC took a 17-0 lead by just over three minutes in the first half, Georgia Tech kept the heels on 97 yards of offense in their last 33 games.

NO. 5 CLEMSON 40, MIAMI 10: DJ Uiagalelei threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Clemson defeated Miami for their 40th straight home win. The Tigers had 10 wins for a 12th straight season and finished their fourth perfect ACC regular season since 2015. Clemson led 24-0 at halftime and limited Miami to 75 yards in the first three quarters. Uiagalelei had touchdown passes of 7 yards to Davis Allen and 2 yards to Luke Price. Uiagalelei also ran for an 8-yard score. Miami fell to 5-6 and needs to win next week to qualify for a bowl game.

NO. 18 NOTRE DAME 44, BOSTON COLLEGE 0: Cornerback Benjamin Morrison had three interceptions, Notre Dame’s defense forced two fumbles and the Irish scored with their first eight possessions to beat Boston College 44-0. The Fighting Irish beat Boston College for a ninth straight season and now have a 28-game winning streak in the regular season against teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The temperature at game time was 27 degrees, making it the coldest game at Notre Dame in nine years, and heavy snow fell for much of the third quarter.

FLORIDA STATE 49, LOUISIANA 17: Jordan Travis and Treshaun Ward each had two touchdown carries in the first half, and Florida State rushed for 251 yards and led Louisiana at home. Florida State (8-3) posted a season-high in points, surpassed 200 rushing yards for the sixth straight game and claimed its fourth straight double-digit win. The Seminoles last won eight or more games in 2016.

LOUISVILLE 25, NC STATE 10: Jahwar Jordan scored two touchdowns, one with a 98-yard kickoff return, James Turner kicked four field goals, and Louisville (7-4, 4-3) defeated North Carolina State (7-4, 3-4) at home . Jordan, a sophomore, finished the tournament with 105 yards in 16 carries. His second touchdown, a 2-yard run, gave Louisville a 22-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Wolfpack got 13-10 in the third quarter when Ben Finley hit a 34-yard touchdown pass with Michael Allen.

PITT 28, DUKE 26: Israel Abanikanda rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown as Pittsburgh defeated Duke at home. The Panthers (7-4, 4-3) beat the Blue Devils (7-4, 4-3) for the eighth time in nine games, despite nearly losing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. Duke’s Riley Leonard threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns, including a 19-yard fight-down shot at Jaylen Coleman with 47 seconds left that drew the Blue Devils within two. Duke’s two-point conversion attempt fell short as the Blue Devils saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

VIRGINIA TECH 23, FREEDOM 22: Jalen Holston rushed for 99 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and Virginia Tech snapped a seven-game losing streak by surprising Liberty in Lyncburg, Virginia. The Hokies’ defense, vilified during the long losing slide, came in with two big stops in the final minutes to maintain the one-point lead. They forced an incomplete pass from Liberty quarterback Kaidon Salter to get the ball back near midfield, then forced Johnathan Bennett to lose a fumble on the Flames’ next possession.