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Georgia Tech B-back Synjyn Days #10 finds a running lane for a touchdown

ATLANTA, GA - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-2, 4-2) combined an early offensive surge with a dominating defensive effort to win its final ACC Coastal match-up of the year against the Virginia Cavaliers (4-5, 2-3). The Jackets sprinted out to a 21-7 lead in barely more than one quarter of play, which was more than enough to coast to a 35-10 win Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Tech opened in commanding fashion by scoring touchdowns on each of its first three possessions. On the Jackets' first series the ground game repeatedly took advantage of space on the edge and capitalized with a 14-yard touchdown run from running back Deon Hill. The drive marked the seventh time in nine games that Tech has scored on its first drive of the game.

The Jackets' offense continued rolling on their next two drives with touchdowns through the air, the first on a deep 18-yard comeback route by wide receiver DeAndre Smelter and the second on an 11-yard jump ball to wide receiver Darren Waller. When asked Smelter acknowledged it was the first time Tech ran his touchdown-scoring play this year. "We saw some things that we could do against their cornerbacks. We were working on it all week at practice and executed it well today."

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PITTSBURGH, PA - Even before six minutes had elapsed in the game, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-2, 3-2) had already built a daunting 28-0 lead against the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4, 2-2). By the end, the Jackets maintained that margin with a decisive 56-28 victory against the Panthers on the famed Heinz Field.

In what turned out to be one of the most bizarre if not fortuitous starts to a Georgia Tech football game in recent history, the Georgia Tech defense forced fumbles from four different players on Pittsburgh’s squad in their first four possessions. The highlight being a pure hustle play by defensive back D.J. White (#28) chasing down Pittburgh’s running back James Connor (#24) for 74 yards before forcing a fumble into the end zone resulting in a touchback.

In complete contrast, the Tech offense was able to take full advantage of each turnover with explosive plays highlighted by a short pass from quarterback Justin Thomas (#5) on 3rd and 9 that resulted in a huge 79 yard catch-and-run touchdown by A-back Charles Perkins (#21).

Regarding Pittsburgh’s fumbles in the first few minutes of the game, head coach Paul Johnson commented that he was glad the team could take advantage of the turnovers. “We haven’t gotten very many breaks; I don’t think we had a fumble [recovery] all year and so we got all ours in one quarter. The neat thing was that we were able to capitalize on it.”

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UNC quarterback Marquise Williams #12 hands the ball off to running back T.J. Logan #8.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The North Carolina Tar Heels (3-4, 1-2, scored touchdowns on seven of their final nine drives to defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-2) by a final score of 48-43 Saturday night at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

After a slow start offensively by both teams highlighted by two turnovers in the game's first nine plays, North Carolina ultimately gained just enough of an edge in what turned out to be an offensive shootout. North Carolina and its high-tempo offense generated 88 plays for 579 total yards while Georgia Tech's slow-it-down pace ran 69 plays for 611 total yards for the game.

Neither team was effective stopping the other even when the chances presented themselves. North Carolina converted 10 of 15 on 3rd downs and 2 of 2 on 4th downs. Georgia Tech converted 5 of 8 on 3rd downs. Both teams converted all nine combined red zone visits into points.

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams finished with a school-record 38 pass completions and at one time completed...click here to read the rest and comment