Tech outlasts UNC, 68-50 (yes, 68-50)

Link to updated game story here.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Georgia Tech and North Carolina combined to score more points than in any ACC league game ever, but it concluded in typical Yellow Jackets’ fashion.

A clock-grinding, will-defeating drive closed out North Carolina, buttoning up a wild 68-50 win for the Jackets Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Besides the combined points record, it’s the most points Tech has scored in an ACC game.

Quarterback Vad Lee, who entered the game in the third series and never came out, led the Jackets to scores on eight of nine possessions, not counting a half-ending kneeldown. Seven of them were touchdowns, three scored by A-back Robby Godhigh in the third quarter.

In a game that featured five lead changes, Tech took the lead for good with 9:52 to play in the third quarter with a four-yard run by Godhigh.

Taking control of the ball with 10:57 to play in the game with the score 65-50, the Jackets consumed six minutes of clock and finished with a 34-yard field goal by Chris Tanner.

The Georgia Tech-North Carolina game included almost 1,100 yards of total offense, a kickoff return for a touchdown, an interception return for a touchdown and 17 touchdowns total.

Despite the unbelievable score, it was two defensive stops that turned the game in Tech’s favor. In the third quarter, defensive end Izaan Cross intercepted a screen pass that Tech converted into a Tanner field goal for a 44-36 lead. On North Carolina’s next possession, coach Larry Fedora elected to try a fake punt on 4th and 10 from the Tar Heels’ 25-yard line that failed. On the next play, Godhigh took a toss 27 yards for a score that gave Tech a 51-36 lead, which, even on this wild afternoon, proved sufficient.

Tech improves to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. UNC fell to 6-4 and 3-3. The Jackets have now beaten the Tar Heels four years in a row, eight of nine and 14 of 16.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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btgt69

November 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

btgt69

November 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

and second,,, THWg

A-mazed

November 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

GT2004

November 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

GREAT game, went to Maryland game last week, we
are on a roll.

Jacket Dad

November 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

first!!!!!! and proud!!!!!

Jacket Dad

November 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

oh well, still proud!

Jim G

November 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

Unbelievable!

btgt69

November 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

and the u lost

If do right, no can defense

November 10th, 2012
4:15 pm

UVa won… perfect. The stars finally aligned for us today.

Jim G

November 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

Vad Lee has arrived.

come on

November 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

vad lee should never come out of the line up again. unc could not over load for the run because vad can just throw it over the top. vad offers the ability to score at will.

MisterT

November 10th, 2012
4:18 pm

You gotta be pretty freakin’ awesome to intercept a field goal!

THWg!

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:22 pm

btgt69
November 10th, 2012
4:14 pm

first
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The ONLY time it is Great to be First is when you get in a Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls College & Plantation of Georgia chicks p.a.n.t.i.e.s…………….Go JACKETS…………..Don’t wear those Ugly F…ing White Honeycomb helmets again…………….

The Hitman

November 10th, 2012
4:22 pm

Is Miami going to remove themselves from ACC Championship consideration?

Supersize that order, mutt

November 10th, 2012
4:24 pm

LOL @ MIsterT…….Ken might want to correct that

Jacket Man

November 10th, 2012
4:26 pm

Duke game next week is HUGE…Bowl game and ACCC ramifications for Tech and ACCC for Duke (believe it or not). Who would have believed this at the beginning of the year, or even two – three weeks ago?

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:28 pm

HAHAHAH…………….TJ called it on his FB page after the game……………..T.j. Barnes
Not even bowl eligible and we on top !!!

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:29 pm

T.j. Barnes
Who dat??? Huh??? Who dat???? Yellow jackets!!! That’s who!!!

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:29 pm

Charles Perkins III
S/O to my boys for goin up to North Carolina and gettin that win! #GT #Football

Footballrules

November 10th, 2012
4:30 pm

@Jacket Man…who would believe it? Only someone who remembers those great Tech-Duke contests of the forties, fifties and sixties….most of them are gone now. Bill Alexander and Bobby Dodd vs. Wallace Wade and “Wild Bill” Murray.

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:30 pm

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5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

CPJ…………..just said VAD is CLUTCH…………VAD about to talk on the Radio.

fuzzybee78

November 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

How do you give up 50 and win??? Score 68!!! are you kidding me!!!!!!

Sooner the better–
4-3 D ———-and Mr. Lee!!!!!!

dpj98

November 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

Maybe the critics of PJ’s “Middle School” offense will finally shut their mouths and admit how good that offense can be with a big QB that can run AND throw…nah, they’ll keep complaining.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 10th, 2012
4:35 pm

@ dpj98,,,,,you’re right; they will just keep complaining and making ignorant posts

... Crash and burn

November 10th, 2012
4:35 pm

maybe if you didn’t play a pop warner defense

I love Jan Kemp

November 10th, 2012
4:36 pm

Didnt think we could win today(was hoping we could). Lee looked great, D made enough stops if thats possible giving up 50 lol. Special teams had some bright spots(kickoff return TD, 2 FGs). I am excited to see how it all will play out. Go Jackets!

Delbert D.

November 10th, 2012
4:36 pm

The big Aussie looked good today.

CT_Jacket

November 10th, 2012
4:37 pm

Very Oregon-like, but UNC is not USC. Still a great win on the road. Defense gave up 43, but made some stops along the way. Special teams was much better. While they allowed two long returns, they also stopped them inside the 15 twice. Let’s focus on Duke next and get to six wins.

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:39 pm

Gotsis and Kellon will be fun to watch next year under a good DC.

fuzzybee78

November 10th, 2012
4:40 pm

Did UNC really not offer Lee a scolly? What an “in your face” today was for him!

Vampire Bill

November 10th, 2012
4:40 pm

D-FENCE hahahahahahahaa

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2012
4:41 pm

UNC tries to run a fastbreak O…and TECH didn’t do bad against it……We need better D but We Won…..D players need to come to TECH….With a good D TECH will be in the ACC CG every year and the NFL will be making calls….just like they do for WRs from Tech.

Delbert D.

November 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

“Gators return blocked punt for TD with 2 seconds left, avoid upset”

Louisisana-Lafayette. Hmmm.

Buzz2011

November 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

That ” high school” offense certainly had a good day, huh?
Maybe they are all high school seniors?

fuzzybee78

November 10th, 2012
4:43 pm

@5150-
yes sir, Gotis and Green inside, add Dieke and Cummings with Kallon as true 4-3 D ends and watch a true pass rush happen.

Delbert D.

November 10th, 2012
4:43 pm

UNC is not Louisiana-Lafayette, either.

ME Jacket

November 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

We just watched the Jackets play the way we knew they could, at the UNC stadium. Great game team. Great way to show your determination, perseverance, and spirit. Go Jackets!

Buzz2011

November 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

@vampirebill….68 points…..68 points 68 points

Ramblnwrek

November 10th, 2012
4:44 pm

Still need to improve our defense. I would like it if we could hold opponents to under 30. Still it was nice to know our offense can kick it into over drive. Go Jackets!

Shane

November 10th, 2012
4:47 pm

Ga. Fan here. Nice win for Tech. Lee is the real deal. Don’t know what took CPJ to figure that out.

Jacket TIme

November 10th, 2012
4:48 pm

Just thought I would repeat what i said earlier today:

“November 10th, 2012
11:05 am

Yeah I don’t think our D can stop this UNC offense we need to pull an Big/PAC 12 type game and win 60-55 Oregon style.”

ylojkt

November 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

What an awesome display. The chihuahuas are starting to tremble after seeing what Mr. Lee can do. Finish the season now Jackets, beat Duke and UGA. ACCCG here we come, I’d have never believed it two weeks ago.

If do right, no can defense

November 10th, 2012
4:53 pm

Best win of the season yet. Over a team with a winning record. On the road. Against someone who had 2 weeks to prepare. This game reminded me a lot of the 2009 season games… against Vandy, Miss State and Fl State… shootouts with bad defense that we managed to win because of our TOP… And Vad Lee is for real. The best homecoming for him possible… though he should have been rested in the waning seconds of the 4th quarter and Washington should have mopped up.

White&Gold

November 10th, 2012
4:54 pm

I honestly would rather not go to the ACC Championship this year. FSU would roll over our defense. Let’s just keep building momentum towards next season.

Cw

November 10th, 2012
4:58 pm

Where has Tanner been all season? Vad and Godhigh had a HUGE coming out party, but making all the FG’s and PAT’s was also a huge shock.

BLACK BEE

November 10th, 2012
5:01 pm

I like the 2 QB system but it is clear that the TO has a lot more a lot of firepower with Lee. Lets show Tevin a little love please it is not his fault that CPJ put him in this situation with his stubborness. But I wonder how we could have been if CPJ would have made the DC move at the beginning of the year instead of after 5 games. I think we beat Miami and Va. Tech. How about Godhigh and Mason playing lights out! Dieke, Cross and Cummings look good too.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 10th, 2012
5:01 pm

@ If do right…..I think putting Tevin back in in the waning seconds would have been a slap in his face. Like him or not, he HAS done good things at and for Tech, and to put him in at the end for mop-up duty seems pretty demeaning to me. He deserves better than that.

Yurtle_the_Turtle

November 10th, 2012
5:01 pm

So maybe the problem wasn’t solely Groh? Perhaps if CPJ would actually recruit some defense this spring instead of reloading with 4 RBs and no WRs we could actually win a game by a 28 – 10 score??? Get rid of Johnson! That should be the new ADs job.

TechApp fan

November 10th, 2012
5:02 pm

PJ should get the award for best timing of a times-out call!
Also remember, any team that has two weeks can figure out the option… LOL!!

Have to give PJ even more credit…why swap when one is hot?