Georgia Tech Upends #13/11 UNC – Soccer – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

THE FLATS β€” Georgia Tech Football played lockdown defense and scored 21 unanswered points over the final 30:48 of the game to upset No. 13/11 North Carolina on the road, 21-17, at Kenan Stadium Saturday night.

The Yellow Jackets (5-6, 4-4 ACC) obliterated the red-hot Tar Heels (9-2, 6-1 ACC) and Heisman Trophy nominee quarterback Drake Maye, holding them to 17 points, 365 Yards Total Attack. 202 passing yards, zero passing touchdowns, and a 53% completion rate, all season lows for UNC. Georgia Tech’s victory ended North Carolina’s six-game winning streak and likely ended the Heels’ college football playoff hopes.

Pressure in the backfield reignited Tech’s defensive efforts as it recorded a season-high six sacks and a season-high 12 tackles for the loss on the night. Defensive linemen Keion white and D’Quan Douse led the attack with four and two tackles each for the loss, while Key Maye sacked three times.

White’s career day also included seven tackles while linebacker Ayinde Eley and Charlie Thomas also surpassed the Yellow Jackets with nine and seven stops respectively.

Offensively, Georgia Tech got things going late in the first half when they scored the first of their 21 straight points in a 2-yard rush Dontae Smith. Smith’s team-best fifth touchdown run of the season capped a nine-game 84-yard drive and sent the Yellow Jackets down 17-7 at halftime.

Tech reduced the deficit to 17-14 midway through the third period as quarterback Taisun Phommachanh rushed into the endzone from 4 yards to complete a 68-yard 9-play scoring drive.

Later in the third quarter, UNC looked set to widen its lead as it pushed deep into tech territory. However, defense back LaMiles Brooks thwarted the Tar Heels’ scoring opportunity when he intercepted Maye at the GT 19 yard line. Not only did Brooks’ team-leading third interception of the season stop North Carolina from extending their lead, but it also initiated an 81-yard scoring drive for the Yellow Jackets in nine games. The potential game win included a 40-yard run from wide receiver Malachi Carter on just the second carry of his five-year college career and a 6-yard touchdown that ran wide Hasan Hall that gave the Jacks a 21-17 lead with 11:08 to go.

From there, Georgia Tech’s defense extended the lead over UNC’s next two possessions, and the offense accumulated three first downs to milk the final 4:10 after the clock and the Jackets’ second straight win over one nationally ranked opponent (Tech Beat #24 Pitt, 26-21, in Brent Keys first game as interim head coach on October 1st).

Georgia Tech beat North Carolina by a 202-108 margin in the second half, limiting the Tar Heels to 1 yard or less on four of their last six possessions of the ballgame.

Tech quarterbacks Zach Gibson and Phommachanh shared snaps throughout the ballgame, eclipsing the highly acclaimed Maye by throwing for a combined 187 yards (174 for Gibson on a highly efficient 13-of-16 pass) and running for 53 more (44 for Phommachanh). Hall led all players with 154 all-purpose yards (47 rushing, 57 receiving, and 50 on kickoff returns). Replacement for injured starter Nate McCollumwide receiver Malik Rutherford led all players with six receptions and advanced the Yellow Jackets with 68 receiving yards.

The rally from the early 0-17 deficit was Georgia Tech’s biggest comeback for a road win in history and the second-biggest deficit it has ever overcome in a win.

Georgia Tech wraps up the regular season next Saturday when it visits arch-rival and No. 1-ranked Georgia. Kickoff for is scheduled for noon ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

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