NCAAF Week 3 Scores

Final

Georgia Tech 30

(2-1, 1-0 ACC)

North Carolina 24

(0-2, 0-1 ACC)

Coverage: Watch Replay 

12:00 PM ET, September 18, 2010

Kenan Stadium, CHAPEL HILL, NC

1 2 3 4 T
GT 14 3 7 630
UNC 10 7 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: T. Yates (UNC) - 209 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. White (UNC) - 17 CAR, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: E. Highsmith (UNC) - 4 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Joshua Nesbitt helps lift Yellow Jackets past Tar Heels

Team Stat Comparison

 
Georgia Tech
North Carolina
1st Downs2118
Total Yards448352
Passing76209
Rushing372143
Penalties7-503-33
3rd Down Conversions7-135-10
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers12
Possession35:0025:00

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nesbitt3/47619.010
North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yates18/242098.710

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Allen201155.8018
Nesbitt261044.0137
North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
White171136.6124
Draughn6223.709

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones26432.0141
Hill11212.0012
North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Highsmith47117.8152
Pianalto7628.9013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTUNC
FG07:06Casey Barth 20 Yd 03
TD05:31Orwin Smith 73 Yd Run (Scott Blair Kick) 73
TD03:42Erik Highsmith 52 Yd Pass From T.J. Yates (Casey Barth Kick) 710
TD01:28Roddy Jones 23 Yd Pass From Joshua Nesbitt (Scott Blair Kick) 1410
SECOND QUARTERGTUNC
TD10:41T.J. Yates 1 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1417
FG00:00Scott Blair 22 Yd 1717
THIRD QUARTERGTUNC
TD10:55Johnny White 4 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1724
TD01:59Joshua Nesbitt 1 Yd Run (Scott Blair Kick) 2424
FOURTH QUARTERGTUNC
FG12:19Scott Blair 46 Yd 2724
FG06:03Scott Blair 36 Yd 3024
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Joshua Nesbitt ran for a touchdown and threw for another to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 30-24 on Saturday.

Nesbitt ran for a tying touchdown late in the third quarter, then directed the drive that ended with Scott Blair's 46-yard field goal that put the Yellow Jackets ahead for good early in the fourth. Orwin Smith and Roddy Jones also scored touchdowns for Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which overcame some second-half miscues after a mistake-free opening half to hang on for its 11th win in 13 meetings.

Johnny White ran for a career-high 113 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (0-2, 0-1), who were short-handed again due to an NCAA investigation into agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct. Twelve players sat out, including NFL prospects Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn, Deunta Williams and Kendric Burney on defense.

Thirteen players missed the 30-24 loss to LSU on Labor Day weekend amid the probe. The school had hoped to find out the status of several players during the off week that followed, but only tailback Shaun Draughn was cleared from that group.

And yet, the Tar Heels found themselves in a familiar spot: trailing by the exact same score in the final minutes and with a chance to drive for the winning score.

T.J. Yates pushed the Tar Heels all the way to the LSU 6-yard line before missing on two throws into the end zone to end that game. This time, however, the Tar Heels' final drive stalled just across midfield when Brad Jefferson took down White well short of the marker on fourth down with 1:16 left.

The defending ACC champions lost at Kansas to fall out of the rankings last week, prompting coach Paul Johnson to say he wanted this players to "show me, don't tell me" that they had learned from their mistakes. This time, at least, they proved they could overcome them.

After Georgia Tech scored on all three first-half possessions, Nesbitt's bad option pitch led to the game's first turnover and set up White's 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter for a 24-17 lead. A few minutes later, the Tar Heels stopped the Yellow Jackets on a fourth-and-2 near midfield, which seemed to set them up to take control.

But Yates fumbled on a handoff attempt and Jefferson pounced on the loose ball. That set up another chance for Nesbitt, who scrambled to his left on a third-and-long and found Jones open on the left side for a short pass. Jones broke a tackle and sprinted 41 yards to the Tar Heels' 5, and Nesbitt scored on a keeper two plays later to tie it.

Then, after the Yellow Jackets defense forced a punt, Nesbitt directed a 44-yard drive that ended with Blair's 46-yard kick for the 27-24 lead. Blair added a 36-yard field goal with about 6 minutes left to increase the lead to six points.

Nesbitt ran for 104 yards, helping the Yellow Jackets finish with 372 yards on the ground and 448 overall.