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September 21, 2013
Five Game Changers: Georgia Tech
The game went back and forth for most of the game, before Georgia Tech was able to take over in the second half, not allowing the Tar Heels offense to get on track.
Take a look at five of the game changers that helped determine the outcome of the game, as the Yellow Jackets extended their winning streak to five games over the Tar Heels, winning 28-20 in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech Gets On The Board
Georgia Tech seemed to be star struck at first, as the Tar Heels came out early in the first quarter with a four yard touchdown run from Romar Morris and a one handed grab from Eric Ebron, giving the Tar Heels a 13-0 lead early. But what was a controversial call and a close one, went the Yellow Jackets way as the referee called it a touchdown instead of a fumble, giving Georgia Tech their first score.
Yellow Jackets Score Before Half
After Georgia Tech gave up another touchdown to the Tar Heels, the Yellow Jackets were able to drive down the field for a 12 play, 80 yard drive that took almost five minutes off the clock. Eventually, Vad Lee was able to complete a 21 yard touchdown pass to Darren Waller, giving the momentum back to Georgia Tech before the half.
Run Game Takes Over
The Tar Heels seemed to be on point in the first half, controlling the run game and only allowing the Yellow Jackets to have slightly over 100 yards. However, Paul Johnson believes in his run game and eventually the run game started to take its toll on the Tar Heels. The Yellow Jackets finished the game with 324 yards rushing on 71 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and three touchdowns.
Georgia Tech Second Half Defense
North Carolina moved the ball pretty easily in the first half, totaling 257 yards going into half. But the Yellow Jackets defense came out in the second half with fire in their pants, putting the pressure on Bryn Renner to go along with the sloppy weather. After the half, the Tar Heels were limited to only 62 yards total, while Renner only completed four completions and had one interception.
One could say that the two non-turnovers for the Tar Heels were two big calls that certainly could have been huge stops for the Tar Heels. But also, the holding call on what would have been a Ryan Switzer 82 yard touchdown, could have been the momentum that the Heels needed. After that, the Tar Heels never seemed to get back on track after that. There were several other chances for the Tar Heels gave up on critical moments, whether it was penalties (had eight for 57 yards) or not being able to stop the Jackets on third down (9 of 16 for the day).