Scores

Final

North Carolina 25

(3-8, 2-5 ACC)

Georgia Tech 27

(7-4, 4-4 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA

1 2 3 4 T
UNC 3 3 3 1625
GT 7 3 7 1027

Top Performers

Passing: T. Yates (UNC) - 283 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Choice (GT) - 33 CAR, 142 YDS

Receiving: G. Smith (JVST) - 6 REC, 155 YDS, 2 TD

Georgia Tech 27, North Carolina 25

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Travis Bell atoned for an earlier miss by kicking a 27-yard field goal with 15 seconds left as Georgia Tech overcame four lost fumbles to beat North Carolina 27-25 on Saturday.

The Tar Heels had taken advantage of quarterback Taylor Bennett's second fumble to go ahead 25-24 with 5:50 remaining.

Bell missed a 33-yard attempt with 2:31 to go, but the Yellow Jackets stopped North Carolina on three plays and got the ball back at their 50 after a 29-yard punt by Terrence Brown.

Tashard Choice, who had 33 carries for 142 yards, quickly moved Georgia Tech into field goal position.

North Carolina coach Butch Davis was charged with a timeout with 18 seconds left, but he said after the game he was only trying to inform the officials and his team of his intention to call the timeout closer to the play.

Bell made a 32-yard kick, but officials had waved the play dead because North Carolina had 12 players on the field.

After the penalty, Bell was good from 27 yards.

North Carolina's Connor Barth had a 63-yard field goal attempt partially blocked on the final play.

Greg Smith had six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns for Georgia Tech (7-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has finished .500 or better in the conference 13 straight years.

The Tar Heels (3-8, 2-5 ACC) still haven't won outside the state of North Carolina since beating Arizona State in 2002.

Bennett's second fumble came when he was sacked by North Carolina's Da'Norris Searcy. Hilee Taylor recovered for the Tar Heels at the Georgia Tech 2, and Anthony Elzy scored from the 1 for a 25-24 lead.

Georgia Tech answered with a drive to the North Carolina 16, but Bell's try was wide right.

Freshman Greg Little made his first start at tailback and had 24 carries for 89 yards for North Carolina.

Another freshman, T.J. Yates, was 21-of-35 for 283 yards and a touchdown to set the Tar Heels record for yards passing in a season.

Smith scored on a 40-yard pass from Bennett in the third quarter and added a 47-yard touchdown catch from freshman Josh Nesbitt in the fourth.

Bennett also caught a 17-yard touchdown on a halfback pass from Choice in the first quarter.

Barth kicked field goals of 42, 21, 39 and 32 yards to give him a school-record 54 for his career.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
GT
1st Downs1820
Total Yards362438
Passing283260
Rushing79178
Penalties5-363-25
3rd Down Conversions1-135-14
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers14
Possession30:1929:41

Passing Leaders

North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yates21/352838.110
Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bennett13/241968.210

Rushing Leaders

North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Little24893.7038
Elzy6101.715
Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Choice331424.3017
Nesbitt45313.3033

Receiving Leaders

North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nicks716223.1136
Tate34515.0024
Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith615525.8247
Thomas33712.3014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCGT
FG10:01Connor Barth 42 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 29 yds, 2:45
30
TD00:10Taylor Bennett 17 Yd Pass From Tashard Choice (Travis Bell Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 79 yds, 6:01
37
SECOND QUARTERUNCGT
FG04:33Travis Bell 33 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:45
310
FG01:29Connor Barth 21 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 49 yds, 2:55
610
THIRD QUARTERUNCGT
FG08:05Connor Barth 39 Yd 910
TD00:58Greg Smith 40 Yd Pass From Taylor Bennett (Travis Bell Kick) 917
FOURTH QUARTERUNCGT
TD14:52Hakeem Nicks 14 Yd Pass From T.J. Yates (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1517
TD14:32Greg Smith 47 Yd Pass From Josh Nesbitt (Travis Bell Kick) 1524
FG08:40Connor Barth 32 Yd 1824
TD05:50Anthony Elzy 1 Yd Run (Connor Barth Kick) 2524
FG00:16Travis Bell 27 Yd 2527