ATLANTA (AP) -- Josh Nesbitt ran for two touchdowns and Georgia Tech's defense made the most of a change to its scheme to beat No. 22 North Carolina 24-7 on Saturday.
Georgia Tech (3-1 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened in a 4-3 scheme instead of the 4-2-5 it ran in last week's 33-17 loss at Miami. The Yellow Jackets held North Carolina (3-1, 0-1) to 154 yards.
Jonathan Dwyer, the 2008 ACC player of the year, had 158 yards rushing for his first 100-yard game of the season. He showed no sign of the shoulder injury that limited him to five carries for 7 yards against Miami.
Nesbitt added a career-high 32 carries for 97 yards. Georgia Tech had 317 yards rushing in its spread option offense while holding North Carolina to 17.
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Georgia Tech gets their first touchdown from Roddy Jones in the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter Carolinas attempt to get back in the game came up short when after review the 44 yard pass to Highsmith was incomplete. The Yellow Jackets still lead 7-0 over Carolina.
With 10 minutes remaining in the 2nd Georgia Techs Derrick Morgan recovered a fumble from Carolinas T.J. Yates and returned it for 20 yards. Georgia Tech is not giving the Tar Heels anything easy today in Atlanta.
The Tar Heels had one of their best offensive sets of the day and came up short after Kicker Casey Barth missed the 32 yard field goal leaving Carolina Scoreless with only minutes remaining in the half.
Georgia Tech leads into the half 10-0 over Carolina.
After the half GA Tech comes out ready with a touchdown by Josh Nesbitt but UNC doesn't give up with Erik Highsmith scoring his 2nd touchdown of the season and Casey Barth getting the extra point for the Tar Heels.
However GA Tech with under a minute remaining intercepts the ball and regains control to win the game 24-7. Now GA Tech is (3-1) and #22 North Carolina after the loss will go to (3-1).
GA Tech 17, Carolina 7 with 5 minutes remaining in the game.
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