Georgia Tech Runs All Over North Carolina for A Win

Atlanta- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1, 2-0) continues their winning streak by handing North Carolina (1-4,0-3) their third straight conference loss.

What had the making of a high scoring game, the game was slow-paced with the Yellow Jackets doing their usual pound and ground game plan.

On the second drive of the game, Georgia Tech was backed up on their own 10-yard line. Georgia Tech completed an 18-play, 90-yard drive for a touchdown.

The drive was highlighted by 20-yard run by TaQuon Marshall on a third and 16. Running back Jerry Howard had a 14-yard run. The drive ended on a five-yard run from Marshall where he improvised after the middle was stuffed and then broke it out toward the sideline and dove for the pylon.

North Carolina wasn’t able to get in rhythm thanks to Georgia Tech’s swarming defense. Georgia Tech held them to only seven yards in the first quarter

The Yellow Jackets wasn’t able to get going much after the early touchdown only kicking a field goal go up 10-0 going into halftime.

At the beginning of the second half, Marshall fumble on their first series at their own 47-yard line. On the very next play, the Tar Heels quarterback Chazz Surratt was picked off by free safety A.J. Gray in the middle of the field.

The first play for Yellow Jackets, running back KirVONTE Benson ran up the middle, broke a few tackles and took it down the sideline for a 63-yard touchdown to put Georgia Tech up 17-0. “It’s a play we practiced it all week and you have to just hit it. The offensive line did a great job,” stated Benson

Georgia Tech took a 24-0 lead after Marshall completed 12-yard pass to Ricky Jeune in the far corner of the end zone for his first touchdown pass. The drive was highlighted by a 65-yard run to the Tar Heels 13-yard line by Marshall on a option-play.

The Yellow Jackets had another opportunity to score after Gray recorded his second interception. Benson took a fullback dive up the middle and as he was stretching out for the goal line, he fumbled and North Carolina recovered the ball in the end zone.

Late in the game, Georgia Tech relinquished a late touchdown to the Tar Hills’ running back Jordan Brown. Tech put up seven more after a Matthew Jordan touchdown late in the fourth quarter to close the game 33-7.

Marshall finished with 27 carries for 137 yards and a rushing touchdown while going 5-10 for 53 yards and a touchdown. Benson rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown on carries.

The Yellow Jackets out gained North Carolina in total yards 456-247 (403 rushing yards.)

Georgia Tech has a bye next week and North Carolina host Notre Dame.

Raphael Haynes

Atlanta, GA

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