North Carolina 21

(0-1, 0-1 ACC)

(17) Georgia Tech 27

(2-0, 1-0 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, September 10, 2005

Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA

1 2 3 4 T
UNC 0 14 0 721
#17GT 7 7 6 727

Top Performers

Passing: R. Ball (GT) - 320 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: P. Daniels (GT) - 21 CAR, 103 YDS

Receiving: D. Bilbo (GT) - 8 REC, 131 YDS, 1 TD

After strong debut, Georgia Tech opens ACC slate

North Carolina (0-0) at No. 17 Georgia Tech (1-0) 3:30 pm EDT

ATLANTA (Ticker) - Georgia Tech already gave fits to one inexperienced quarterback and gets its hands on another in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Crashing the rankings at No. 17, the Yellow Jackets host North Carolina on Saturday.

Last week, the Yellow Jackets opened the season with a win over a ranked team for the first time since 1984 with a 23-14 victory over Auburn. Coming off a perfect season, Auburn had any hopes of a similar campaign quickly extinguished as Georgia Tech picked off Brandon Cox four times and forced two fumbles.

Georgia Tech scored on its first two possessions, immediately setting a tone. It will look to do the same against North Carolina, which is coming off a 6-6 season that ended with a loss to Boston College in the Continental Tire Bowl.

Coach John Bunting's squad does not have a quarterback that has started a college game. Senior Matt Baker, who has played in 12 games, is likely to start against Tech's stout defense.

Ronnie McGill scored seven touchdowns in 2003 and five last year and will team with Louisiana State transfer Barrington Edwards to give North Carolina a power-speed tandem in the backfield.

The defense improved from a woeful 2003 campaign but still gave up at least 34 points on six occasions last year. Marijuana charges cost the unit standout tackles Isaiah Thomas and Terry Hunter. The linebackers and secondary struggled last year but return six starters.

Tech leads the series, 20-17-3, and had won six in a row before Carolina's 34-13 victory last season. The Tar Heels have not won in Atlanta since a 16-13 victory in 1997.


Passing Leaders

North CarolinaCMP%YDSTDINT
M. Williams63.13068219
M. Trubisky53.845954
J. Thomas51.31719186
T. Byerly69.214810

Rushing Leaders

M. Williams1937884.113
T. Logan1195824.93
J. Thomas19010865.78
S. Days1579245.99

Receiving Leaders

R. Switzer6175712.44
M. Hollins3561317.58
D. Smelter3571520.47
D. Waller2644217.06