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Sept. 24, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) - Tevin Washington threw a long touchdown pass and ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder that gave No. 25 Georgia Tech a 35-28 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.
The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1 ACC) fought back from a 28-14 deficit going into the fourth quarter, tying the game on Giovani Bernard's 55-yard run with 7:22 left. Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) needed only four plays to respond.
Roddy Jones reached out to take a pitch from Washington that looked too far in front of the running back, going 48 yards down the sideline to the North Carolina 9. Two snaps later, Washington took it in for the winning score with 5:20 left.
Stephen Hill had a huge game for Georgia Tech with six receptions for 151 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. Bernard rushed for 155 yards and two TDs.
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The Yellow Jackets came into the game with the nation's highest-scoring offense (59.3 points a game) and leading in several other offensive categories. While not nearly as dominating as they were in the first three games, they still had another big day offensively, piling up 312 yards on the ground with the triple-option and 496 yards in all.
Washington had a couple of turnovers on a fumble and an interception, but he mostly ran the offense just as it's drawn up. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 184 yards, hooking up with Hill on Georgia Tech's seventh one-play scoring drive of the season midway through the second.
Hill should've had another score, dropping a sure TD pass late in the game after he again broke free behind the secondary. Washington also ran 25 times for 74 yards, taking quite a pounding from the Tar Heels.
North Carolina's Bryn Renner completed 17 of 25 for 204 yards, but a couple of interceptions plagued the sophomore.
The Tar Heels trailed 17-7 at halftime, but Renner and Bernard led them back.
Renner completed five straight passes on a lightning-quick, 74-yard drive to start the second half, capped by a 6-yard scoring pass to Nelson Hurst. Washington scored on a 1-yard run and Georgia Tech made the 2-point conversion for its biggest lead, but the Tar Heels didn't fade.
Renner completed three more passes before hitting freshman Eric Ebron over the middle for a 20-yard TD that brought the Tar Heels to 28-21.
North Carolina forced Georgia Tech's first punt of the day early in the fourth, but couldn't take advantage. Renner threw a pass into coverage that was picked off by Rod Sweeting. But the Tar Heels held again, and Bernard carried the load on a tying drive.
First, facing third-and-15 deep in Tar Heels territory, the freshman took a short pass and broke at least three tackles on a 19-yard play that kept the drive going. Then, he took a handoff at his own 45 and took off untouched up the middle to make it 28-all with 7:22 remaining.