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The Jackets forced punts on the first two Tar Heels series, and then UNC heated up – touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown, punt, touchdown, touchdown. In a game of big plays, maybe none was as big as the touchdown pass off the reverse from wide receiver Quinshad Davis to quarterback Marquise Williams.
Turner's Take: Resilience. Response. Redemption.
Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, UNC defeated Georgia Tech 38-31 to begin ACC play with a win for just the second time in 15 years. By overcoming a 21-point deficit, the Tar Heels completed the biggest comeback in school history and won for the first time at Grant Field since 1997. But Saturday’s game was about more than that. It was about resilience. It was about response. It was about redemption.
Video: UNC's Post Game Celebration After Beating GT
As the clock ticked down to zero in Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, players rushed the field and then headed to UNC’s fan section to celebrate the victory. The North Carolina band played 'Hark the Sound' and players, coaches and fans all joined in together. Despite the postgame rainstorm, all of the Tar Heels left Atlanta with big smiles on their faces, for the first time since 1997.
UNC Defense Settles Down, Stymies Jackets
In the second half, Georgia Tech ran the ball 21 times for 41 yards, good for a 1.95 yards-per-carry average. UNC’s defense gave up a touchdown on a short field to open the third quarter before sandwiching a fumble recovery between a pair of fourth down stops. For the second time in three games, the Tar Heels stymied an opponent at the goal line on 4th-and-1.
Big Plays From Marquise Williams and Cayson Collins Boost Heels to Win
With four minutes left in the second quarter UNC was pretty much left for dead. The Heels trailed 21-0 and showed little ability to stop Georgia Tech's triple option. UNC scored a touchdown then got a break with a quick stop to grab another score just before half. From there the UNC offense rolled with Marquise Williams' career rushing day and the defense made plays late to move UNC to 1-0 in the ACC.
Video: Marquise Williams Post-Georgia Tech Interview
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams talks to Jones Angell after his big day in the win against Georgia Tech on October 3rd, 2015.
Larry Fedora Secures Signature Win
North Carolina’s 38-31 victory over Georgia Tech is arguably the biggest during the Larry Fedora era. “I think we’ve been going in the right direction so I don’t know that we’re turning,” Fedora told reporters during his postgame press conference. “But I think maybe that gets us over the hump.” That hump was winning in Atlanta, something the Tar Heels hadn’t done since 1997.
Video: Larry Fedora Post-Georgia Tech Interview
North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora talks briefly with GoHeelsTV following the Tar Heels' comeback win over Georgia Tech on October 3rd, 2015.
UNC-Georgia Tech Postgame Notes
North Carolina rallied from 21 points down to score a 38-31 victory and beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta for the first time since 1997. This 21-point rally was the largest comeback in Carolina history. The previous was 17 at Georgia Tech in 1987 and vs. Virginia in 1997. Marquise Williams has now accounted for 69 career touchdowns, which ranks second all-time at UNC.
Carolina rises from the dead to beat Georgia Tech
Just when it looked like Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson could name his score, the Tar Heels staged the biggest comeback in program history. Carolina exploded for 24 second-half points to win in Atlanta for the first time since 1997, 38-31. The Heels were led by Marquise Williams' 134 yards passing and 148 rushing, the fifth time in school history he's posted 100 of each in a game.
North Carolina overcomes 21-0 deficit to beat Georgia Tech
The Tar Heels looked like contenders in the Coastal for the first time in a long while, keeping their poise after falling behind so early to Georgia Tech. A week after getting benched against FCS Delaware, Marquise Williams rebounded with a command performance. Williams ran for 148 yards and two scores, caught another touchdown and passed for 134 yards.
Video: UNC-Georgia Tech Game Highlights
After an early 21-0 deficit, the Tar Heels (4-1, 1-0 ACC) complete the largest comeback in school history to defeat Georgia Tech 38-31 in Atlanta on October 3rd, 2015.
Video: Marquise Williams Uses His Legs vs. Georgia Tech
UNC QB Marquise Williams was dominant on the ground, rushing for 148 yards on just 15 carries and two touchdowns in the 38-31 win over Georgia Tech on October 3rd, 2015.
Video: Shakeel Rashad Saves a TD vs. Georgia Tech
On a huge 4th down, Shakeel Rashad leads the Tar Heel defense and keeps the Georgia Tech QB out of the endzone to help shift the momentum in Carolina's favor on October 3rd, 2015.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 38, Georgia Tech 31
Marquise Williams led the Tar Heels in all three offensive categories. He went 13-24 for 135 yards, rushed for 148 yards and was the leading receiver with 37 yards. He ran for two touchdowns and had a touchdown reception. For only the third time since 1997 UNC has won its ACC opener and for the first time since 1997 the Tar Heel leave Atlanta with a football win over Georgia Tech.