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ShareTHE FLATS – Behind a strong ground game from Dontae Smith and Jamal Haynes and the passing of Haynes King, Georgia Tech erased an 11-point deficit with 21 fourth-quarter points and knocked off 17th-ranked North Carolina, 46-42, Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field.Tech scored the game-winning touchdown with 4:28 left in the game when Brett Seither caught a 5-yard pass from King, capping a 79-yard drive that started when the Tar Heels missed a field goal.In rallying to win its third straight game in the series with North Carolina, Tech evened its record 4-4 overall and improved to 3-2 in the ACC.It was Tech’s fourth win over a top-25 ACC team under head coach Brent Key.The Tar Heels lost for the second straight week and fell to 6-2 overall, 3-2 in the ACC.Tech amassed 635 total yards in the game, most ever against an ACC foe, and averaged 7.3 yards per rush for 348 yards on the ground.In the fourth period, the Jackets ground out 246 rushing yards, fueling three scoring drives to overtake the Tar Heels.Trailing 35-24, Tech started its comeback when Haynes capped an 88-yard march with a 4-yard touchdown run at the 12:02 mark.King connected with Malik Rutherford on an inside screen for the two-point conversion, bringing the Jackets within 35-31.North Carolina answered with a long kickoff return to set up a quick two-play drive for a touchdown, scoring on a 35-yard pass from Drake Maye to Doc Chapman and extending its lead to 42-32. But it took just 33 seconds for Tech to score next, with Smith bolting 70 yards up the middle for a touchdown to get the Jackets back within 42-39 with 10:40 remaining in the game.Fortune shined on the Jackets twice after that.Maye drove North Carolina down the field with a pair of long passing gains, but the Tar Heels stalled at the Tech 21, and Noah Burnett’s 39-yard field goal missed to the left.Tech then moved 79 yards on six plays and scored the go-ahead touchdown on the King-to-Seither pass with 4:28 to go.Maye led the Tar Heels swiftly down the field once more, but the Jackets came up with their biggest defensive play of the night to snuff out the drive.Maye completed a 36-yard strike to Tez Walker, but Tech’s Ahmari Harvey knocked the ball loose on the tackle, and K.J.Wallace recovered for the Jackets at their 24-yard line.Tech was able to drain the last 2:54 off the clock, getting two first downs while North Carolina burned its timeouts.Smith finished the game with 178 yards on 22 carries for the Yellow Jackets, while King ran for 90 yards on eight carries and Haynes picked up 80 yards on 14 attempts. King was efficient through the air, completing 23 of 30 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns.Maye was 17-of-25 through the air for 310 yards and two scores, while Omarion Hampton gained 153 yards on 29 carries and two TDs.The Tar Heels had 577 yards of total offense.Tech travels to Virginia for its next game, a 2 p.m.kickoff Saturday, Nov.4, in Charlottesville.North Carolina returns home for a non-conference game against Campbell next Saturday.Dontae Smith set a career-high with 178 rushing yards and pulled Tech within 42-39 with a 70-yard TD in the fourth quarter (Danny Karnik photo).Postgame NotesTeam NotesGeorgia Tech evened its overall record at 4-4 and moved to 3-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.17 North Carolina fell to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in ACC play.Georgia Tech continued a season-long trend of alternating losses and wins.Georgia Tech moved to 4-0 under head coach Brent Key against nationally ranked ACC opponents:W, 26-21 at No. 24 Pitt – Oct.1, 2022W, 21-17 at No.13/11 North Carolina – Nov.19, 2022W, 23-20 at No.17 Miami (Fla.) – Oct. 7, 2023W, 46-42 vs.No.17 North Carolina – Oct.28, 2023Georgia Tech defeated a nationally ranked team at home for the first time since a 45-22 win over No.21/20 North Carolina on Sept. 25, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.Georgia Tech defeated a nationally ranked team at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field for the first time since a 28-22 win over No.17 Virginia Tech on Nov.11, 2017.Georgia Tech snapped a skid of four-straight ACC home defeats with its first conference win at home since a 30-27 OT win over Duke on Oct.8, 2022.The win was Georgia Tech’s third-straight over North Carolina (all against nationally ranked UNC teams) and its fifth win in its last six matchups with the Tar Heels.Georgia Tech moved to 33-22-2 overall and 21-9 at home all-time versus North Carolina.Georgia Tech moved to 55-18-1 overall and 5-0 against North Carolina in homecoming games.Georgia Tech’s 635 yards of offense were a season high, most-ever against an ACC opponent and most overall since it totaled 655 yards against Tennessee on Sept.4, 2017. The 635 yards of offense rank fifth all-time in program history.The teams’ 1,212 combined yards of total offense were the most ever combined yards of offense in a Georgia Tech game (prev.: 1,206 at Virginia – Oct.23, 2021).Georgia Tech’s block of a UNC punt in the third quarter was its third blocked kick of the season.The Yellow Jackets entered the game tied atop the ACC and tied for seventh nationally with two blocked kicks.Georgia Tech’s punt block was its 30th since 2013.The Yellow Jackets entered the game ranked third nationally with 29 blocked kicks since 2013.Individual NotesAfter missing last Saturday’s game vs.Boston College (illness), Fr. WR Eric Singleton set career highs with 8 receptions and 117 receiving yards (prev.: 5 rec.and 97 rec.yds at No.17/19 Ole Miss on Sept.16).r-Sr. RB Dontae Smith set a career-high with 178 rushing yards (prev.: 102 vs.Western Carolina – Sept.10, 2022).Smith’s 178 rushing yards were the most by a Yellow Jacket this season and the second-straight week a Yellow Jacket ran for 150-plus rushing yards (r-So.QB Haynes King had 150 rushing yards against Boston College on Oct.21, 2023)r-Jr. Brett Seither had a career-high two touchdown receptions (35 yards in the second quarter and 5 yards in the fourth quarter).Four of Seither’s five receptions as a Yellow Jacket have been touchdowns.Seither’s 35-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was the longest reception of his career, including his previous four seasons at Georgia.The longest previous catch of his career was a 30-yarder for Georgia vs.Charleston Southern in 2021.His previous long as a Yellow Jacket was a 16-yarder at No.17/19 Ole Miss on Sept. 16.R-Jr.WR Abdul Janneh’s blocked punt in the third quarter was his first as a Yellow Jacket.Malik Rutherford completed two touchdown passes (Danny Karnik photo).MultimediaHead Coach Brent Key Postgame Press Conference (Audio)Coach Key Postgame Press Conference (Video)Student-Athletes Postgame Press Conference (Video)Game Highlights (ACC Digital Network)Full Final Minute (ACC Digital NetworkCondensed Game (ACC Digital Network)Around Social MediaAlexander-Tharpe FundThe Alexander-Tharpe Fund is the fundraising arm of Georgia Tech athletics, providing scholarship, operations and facilities support for Georgia Tech’s 400-plus student-athletes.Be a part of developing Georgia Tech’s Everyday Champions and helping the Yellow Jackets compete for championships at the highest levels of college athletics by supporting the Annual Athletic Scholarship Fund, which directly provides scholarships for Georgia Tech student-athletes.To learn more about supporting the Yellow Jackets, visit atfund.org.RELATED HEADLINES

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