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Georgia Tech upsets No. 13 North Carolina, bruises Drake Maye’s Heisman hopes

Georgia Tech upset No. 13 North Carolina 21-17 in Chapel Hill on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:

Georgia Tech trailed 17-0 late in the second quarter and held the Tar Heels scoreless in the second half to secure the win.

Tar Heels’ Heisman candidate Drake Maye threw for 202 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception on 16-of-30 passing.

UNC takes its first ACC loss of the season and falls to 9-2 on the year.

Backstory

The Yellow Jackets are now 4-3 overall and 2-0 against ranked opponents under interim head coach Brent Key. Prior to Geoff Collins’ firing in late September, Georgia Tech had lost nine straight games against FBS opponents.

Third-string quarterback Zach Gibson, who got the start with Zach Pyron and Jeff Sims out with injuries, went 13-for-18 for 174 yards and Hassan Hall scored the game-winning touchdown on the ground in the fourth quarter.

UNC’s loss snapped a six-game winning streak and all but ended the Tar Heels’ slim playoff hopes as well as Maye’s Heisman case per vegas online casino.

Yellow Jackets’ best win in years

This was Georgia Tech’s best win in at least four seasons as it went on the road and knocked off a one-loss, top-15 team. And to make it more impressive, it came after a disastrous performance last week against Miami. Since Key took over as the interim head coach, the Yellow Jackets have shown a lot of fight and competitiveness and an ability to bounce back, and all three attributes were on full display against the Tar Heels.

Now comes the ultimate test: a chance to get bowl-eligible next week on the road against No. 1 Georgia. – Shirley

Pulled off the upset despite QB uncertainty

The quarterback competition in this game was huge, just by the fact that Georgia Tech merely was able to get a push at that position. Gibson was efficient for the Yellow Jackets, completing 13-of-18 passes for 174 yards and no touchdowns.

And Georgia Tech kept Maye, who was getting a lot of Heisman Trophy buzz, mostly in check. The freshman completed 16-of-30 passes for 202 yards and an interception with no touchdowns.

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