Georgia Tech Football: Defense dominates once again in 33-7 win over North Carolina

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Jerry Howard
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Jerry Howard /

The Georgia Tech defense dominated and was impressive once again against North Carolina on Saturday.

The Georgia Tech football team won its third straight game on Saturday in a  33-7 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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The story of the game on Saturday was once again the Yellow Jackets defense that held kept a Tar Heel offense that was averaging 30+ points a game to just 101-yds of total offense in the first half and 247 offensive yards for the game. It was the third straight game that the Yellow Jackets kept opponents under 300 offensive yards.

North Carolina freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt started the game for the Tar Heels but had another adequate performance. The Georgia Tech defense was able to get pressure on Surratt throughout the day and force bad throws. The freshman’s stat line was the following; 18- for 30, 141-yards and one interception. He had two additional throws that should’ve been interceptions by Corey Griffin.

Offensively, it was status quo for the Yellow Jackets, despite starting off slow offensively in the first half, just putting up 10-points and 170-yards of offense. In the second half, the Jackets were able to put up 23-points and run wild, helping them get over 400 rushing yards mark. It was the third game this season that the offense eclipsed over 400 rushing yards. Both TaQuon Marshall and KirVonte Benson would finish the day with 100+ yards rushing.

In the third quarter, a three-play sequence ultimately changed the momentum of the game. The first play of the sequence was a TaQuon Marshall fumble at midfield. Following the fumble, North Carolina quarterback Brandon Harris threw an interception into the hand of A.J Gray, his second interception of the day. To cap the sequence off, KirVonte Benson ran for a 63-yard touchdown to put the Jackets ahead 17-0.

The three-play sequence took all the remaining wind out of North Carolina’s sails and it would be smooth sailing from there for the Yellow Jackets. On the four ensuing possessions following Benson’ touchdown, the Jackets put up 16 points and had 196-yards of offense. That being said, the score could’ve very well ended 41-7 as Benson fumbled for a touchback on the 1-yd line while walk-on kicker Bennett Barton missed an extra point late in the game.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets move to 3-1 on the season and will have next weekend off. Their next game is scheduled for October 14th against Miami Hurricanes, no time for kickoff has been announced.