By Rashad Milligan
The 3-1 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continues its roll in the second week of conference play, beating the 1-3 UNC Tarheels, 33-7. The Yellow Jackets first drive went as usual. The offensive option attack of TaQuon Marshall, Kirvonte Benson, and Clinton Lynch led Georgia Tech into the end zone with a 5-yard scramble from Marshall to cap off the 90-yard opening drive. The touchdown took the Yellow Jackets 18 plays, which is easily one of the longest drives in school history.
The Tech crowd was relatively quiet to start off the noon kickoff game until 2:33 of the first quarter, 12:30 p.m. real time, when senior defensive lineman Antonio Simmons sacked Tar Heel quarterback Chazz Surratt on a third down for a loss of nine yards. It was the typical Georgia Tech game, until the second half.
After a couple of turnovers by both teams at the start of the third quarter, Benson saw a hole on the right side of the field and capitalized with a 63-yard strategic touchdown run. Benson’s breakthrough upped the Yellow Jackets lead to 17-0. Marshall then had 64-yard burst the next offensive drive. The option didn’t let up that happens so often in the third quarter for Georgia Tech. A couple of plays after his long scramble, Marshall threw a 12-yard pass to redshirt senior Ricky Jeune for a touchdown.
“I think we just executed better in the second half,” Marshall said after the win. “Of course, with our offense, the other side is going to get tired. Once they get tired, we start moving more and getting a lot more guys bouncing around so big plays can happen.”
Each team scored a touchdown in the final five minutes of the contest, and Georgia Tech missed its last extra point.
Georgia Tech has a week off before heading to down south to face the Miami Hurricanes on Oct. 14. UNC hosts Notre Dame next Saturday.