Carolina Opens ACC Play At Georgia Tech

Carolina Opens ACC Play At Georgia Tech
ATLANTA --- Carolina opens Atlantic Coast Conference action Saturday, Sept. 21, at Georgia Tech. The game will be televised by ESPN at noon. Carolina enjoyed a weekend off after beating Middle Tennessee, 40-20, on Sept. 7. Georgia Tech is coming off a 38-14 victory at Duke. This is the second straight season Carolina has had a week off to prepare for the Yellow Jackets.

Records: North Carolina 1-1 (0-0 ACC), Georgia Tech 2-0 (1-0 ACC)
Rankings: Both teams are unranked. Georgia Tech is receiving votes in both polls.
TV: ESPN. Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Tom Luginbill (sideline) have the call. A live broadcast is also available online at
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network, a division of Learfield Communications. Jones Angell (play-by-play), Rick Steinbacher (analyst) and Lee Pace (sideline) have the call. A link to the live stream can be found at
On The Web: • Twitter: @TarHeelFootball@CoachFedora

• North Carolina and Georgia Tech are meeting for the 49th time with the Yellow Jackets holding a 27-18-3 lead in the series.
• Georgia Tech has won 13 of the last 15 against Carolina, including last year's 68-50 victory in Chapel Hill. That was the highest scoring game in ACC history.
• Georgia Tech has won four straight in the rivalry. In addition to last season's high scoring contest, the Yellow Jackets won 35-28 in Atlanta in 2011, 30-24 in Chapel Hill in 2010 and 24-7 in Atlanta in 2009. Carolina's last win was a vacated 28-7 victory in 2008.
• Carolina is trying to snap a seven-game road losing streak to the Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels last win at Georgia Tech was a 16-13 decision in 1997. UNC entered the game ranked fifth in the country and finished the season 11-1. Five of the seven straight losses in Atlanta have been decided by a touchdown or less.
• Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is a native of Newland, N.C., and he earned his bachelor's degree from Western Carolina in 1979 and a master's degree from Appalachian State in 1982. He began his coaching career at Avery County (N.C.) High School and also coached Lees-McRae Junior College in Banner Elk, N.C.
• North Carolina has seven scholarship players from Georgia: B Mikey Bart (Buford), QB Kanler Coker (Flowery Branch), DE Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland), WR Bug Howard (Rochelle), DB Donnie Miles (Lawrenceville), LB Nathan Staub (Chestnut Mountain) and DE Justin Thomason (McDonough).

• Quarterback Bryn Renner has two touchdown passes this year and now has 56 for his career. He is just two shy of T.J. Yates who is second on the all-time UNC career chart with 58. Darian Durant is the career leader with 68. Renner had 28 touchdown passes in 2012, breaking his own school record of 26 set in 2011. Renner is the only player in UNC history to throw for 20 or more touchdowns in multiple seasons.
• Renner has thrown for more than 300 yards in five of his last six games, including his most recent 339-yard performance vs. Middle Tennessee.
• Sophomore Romar Morris leads the team with 115 rushing yards on 25 carries. Carolina's top three runners - Morris (4.6 avg.), A.J. Blue (4.5) and Khris Francis (4.2) - are all averaging more than four yards per carry.
• Sophomore linebacker Travis Hughes leads the team with 17 tackles. He had a total of 38 in 2012.
• Junior bandit Norkeithus Otis entered 2013 with just seven career tackles. Through two games, he has 10 tackles, three tackles for losses and two sacks.
• Sophomore wide receiver Quinshad Davis has both of Carolina's receiving touchdowns this season, catching one in each game.
• Tight end Eric Ebron leads the team with seven receptions. Last year he set a school mark for receptions by a tight end with 40.
• Carolina is averaging 78 plays per game through the first two weeks of the season. The Tar Heels ran 79 plays against South Carolina, the fifth-highest total under Fedora at UNC.
• Carolina is averaging 47.6 points per game at home since 2012 and 26.0 on the road. UNC averaged 48.7 points per game at home in 2012, including two games with more than 60 points.
• North Carolina has posted five consecutive winning seasons, the most since the 1990s when the Tar Heels had nine straight winning seasons from 1990-98.
• Carolina averaged 485.6 yards per game in 2012, which was more than 40 yards per game more than the single-season school record of 441.8 in 1983.

On Sept. 21, 1996, Carolina shut out the Yellow Jackets in Chapel Hill, 16-0. All-America cornerback Dre' Bly had three interceptions to lead a Tar Heel defense that allowed just 214 yards. Tight end Freddie Jones made a spectacular one-handed grab in the back of the end zone to give UNC a 10-0 lead.

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