During the first quarter of the game, it looked like UNC was going to be too much for Tech to handle, scoring two touchdowns and shutting out the talented Jacket offense. Throughout the entire first half, Bryn Renner and Eric Ebron connected through the air for the Tar Heels to punish the Tech defense, but that story would only last so long.
Late in the second quarter, the momentum started to shift in the other direction with the running game finally starting to click. Georgia Tech scored twice in that quarter with a David Sims one yard run and a pass from Vad Lee to Darren Waller with 30 seconds left in the half to bring the score to 20-14.
From the start of the third quarter, the game was fully in the hands of the home team. They would score just two more times, but completely shut out a high powered Tar Heel offense in the remaining two quarters to cap off what was easily the most difficult win for the Jackets.
In the end, the running game that coach Paul Johnson employs was too much for a shaky North Carolina defense to handle. While Tech was limited in the first half, things broke open later in the game and the team finished with 324 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Running backs David Sims and Robert Godhigh both had excellent games and were probably the biggest reasons for the team’s victory. Sims scored two touchdowns and ran for 99 yards on 17 carries, which makes an average of 5.8 yards per carry. Godhigh, on the other hand, didn’t cross the goal line but still managed to have a huge impact and lead the team in rushing. With just nine carries, the senior was able to pick up 100 yards including a long of 48.
While it was Lee’s worst game of the season, he still did well. He was once again very efficient with the ball through the air (7-for-12) and didn’t turn the ball over a single time. The Tar Heels were able to limit what he did with his legs as he only managed 55 yards on 24 carries. However, he still had a one yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
It definitely wasn’t the high scoring affair that we saw a year ago in Chapel Hill, but it is definitely a huge success for Georgia Tech. They have beaten up on UNC for years now and it remained that way today, as the Yellow Jackets moved to 3-0 on a very promising season.