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No. 21 North Carolina takes a road trip for an ACC matchup against Georgia Tech in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Tar Heels (2-1, 1-1 ACC) appear to have found their rhythm offensively, posting 59 points in consecutive wins over Georgia State and Virginia. The Yellow Jackets’ defense presents a tougher test. They allow just 124 passing yards per game, which ranks fifth nationally. UNC is just 5-6 in road games during Mack Brown’s second coaching stint in Chapel Hill. Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff is the first of six games over the next six years the Jackets will play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. News & Observer UNC beat writer C.L. Brown is in the building for all the action. Check back here for updates during the game.
Sims touchdown run. GT 45, UNC 22. 4Q
Jeff Sims scored his third rushing touchdown in the game, this time on a 50-yarder that put him over 100-yards rushing for the game.
Cimaglia field goal. GT 38, UNC 22. 4Q
Brent Cimaglia capped off a seven-minute drive, the Jackets’ longest in terms of time of possession in the game, with a 31-yard field goal.
Downs touchdown reception. UNC 22, GT 35. 4Q
Josh Downs caught a 4-yard score that was set up by a 64-yard bomb caught by Emery Simmons. UNC converted the two-point try when Cayden Baker caught a tackle-eligible play.
Carter touchdown reception. GT 35, UNC 14. 4Q
Malachi Carter caught a 27-yard score that held up under review. Thge Jackets’ tacked on a two-point conversion for good measure.
Morales touchdown reception. UNC 14, GT 27. 3Q
Kamari Morales caught a touchdown pass for the second straight game with a 7-yard score. He made up for stepping out of bounds at the GT 7 two plays prior on what would have been a 28-yard score.
Gibbs touchdown. GT 27, UNC 7. 3Q
Jahmyr Gibbs scored on a 4-yard touchdown to cap off the Jackets’ longest scoring drive in the game. Georgia Tech marched 81 yards in eight plays powered by a 28-yard completion from Jeff Gibbs to Kyric McGowan.
Sims touchdown. GT 20, UNC 7. 3Q
Quarterback Jeff Sims followed a 38-yard run with a one-yard score. The drive was set up when the Yellow Jackets stuffed UNC three straight plays including a fourth-and-1 from its own 41.
Sims touchdown. GT 13, UNC 7. 2Q
Georgia Tech now has 10 points off UNC turnovers as quarterback Jeff Simms, seeing his first game action on this series, scored on an 11-yard run.
UNC quarterback Sam Howell fumbled for a second time this game and the Tar Heels were fortunate it didn’t end in a touchdown. Demetrius Knight II returned the fumble 37 yards before tripping and falling on his own at the UNC 17.
Atkins missed field goal.
Carolina went from thinking it had a touchdown drive to coming up scoreless. Khafre Brown dropped a pass that was thrown a bit high, but he should have caught around the goal line. After a sack, guard Ed Montilius was called for a false start as Grayson Atkins made a 48-yard field goal. Backed up another five yards for a 53-yard attempt, Atkins pulled his kick wide left.
Cimaglia field goal. GT 6, UNC 7. 2Q
Carolina’s defense again held the Jackets to just a field goal after they reached the UNC 10. Cimaglia made good on a 32-yarder to capitalize on the turnover.
UNC quarterback Sam Howell, running a called play, was stripped of the ball by Tech end Jordan Domineck. The ball was recovered and returned 23 yards by Quez Jackson to set up another first-and-goal from the UNC 10.
Cimaglia field goal. GT 3, UNC 7. 2Q
The Yellow Jackets settled for a 34-yard field goal by Brent Cimaglia after initially having a first and goal at the UNC 10. The Jackets’ drive went backward from their starting with a holding penalty.
Howell TD run. UNC 7, GT 0. 1Q
Sam Howell scored on a 23-yard run, breaking through three Yellow Jacket defenders who should have made the tackle en route to the end zone.
Heels block punt
UNC’s Giovanni Biggers got a piece of David Shanahan’s punt allowing Carolina to take over at the GT 40 yard line. It’s Carolina’s second blocked punt on the season.
UNC injury report
North Carolina cornerback Storm Duck, who played his first game in a year last week against Virginia, is out for tonight’s game with a lower body injury. Linebacker Tyrone Hopper is out for the remainder of the season with an upper body injury. Hopper, a super senior, played in the Heels first two games this season and had two tackles. He started 10 games at outside linebacker last season.
This story was originally published September 25, 2021 6:50 PM.