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HALFTIME: Georgia Tech clings to touchdown lead over North Carolina after being up 21-0

Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas (5) has two first-half touchdown runs as Tech leads North Carolina 21-14 at the half. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas (5) has two first-half touchdown runs as Tech leads North Carolina 21-14 at the half. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

ATLANTA, Ga. — In the last five meetings between Georgia Tech and North Carolina, the two teams have combined for over 374 points.

That means most of the match ups have been shootouts. Early on it looked as if with Georgia Tech  coach Paul Johnson was going to do his best to make sure no shootouts happened at Bobby Dodd this Saturday.

And for a while it looked good. Georgia Tech dominated time of possession through most of the first half, bolding out to a 21-0 lead. But North Carolina put together two quick scoring drives with under two minutes in the second quarter to give them life.

The first drive was capped by a one-yard plunge by Tar Heels tailback Elijah Hood with 1:39 left in the second quarter. Then after forcing Tech into a three-and-out, the Jackets narrowly averted disaster on the punt. Ryan Rodwell was able to field a bad snap and get a rugby style punt off before getting it blocked, but the short punt gave North Carolina a very short field, starting 1st and 10 at the Tech 45.

A few plays later, Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams eluded the pass rush and scampered in from five yards out to cut the Tech lead to 21-14 with just four seconds left in the half.

Georgia Tech held a 21:15 to 8:45 time of possession advantage in the first half, but only out gained North Carolina 211 to 181, proving how explosive the Heels’ offense can be.

Thomas only attempted three passes but rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries and two first half scores. Lynch had 51 yards on six carries and a score.

Williams tallied 107 total yards of offense in the first half.

 

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