by Adam Lucas1. Disappointing night in Atlanta, as Carolina’s ACC road woes again proved problematic in a 45-22 loss to Georgia Tech. Carolina has been under .500-5-6 on the road in ACC games since 2019. “We’re not ready to be the team I thought we were ready to be”, Mack Brun Recount Jones Angell on the Tar Heel Sports Network after the game. “It’s exactly like Florida State last year. We had a fun and satisfying win last week and couldn’t handle it well enough to come back and do it back to back. “
2. Considering the opponent, expectations and general breakdowns in all areas of the game, Georgia Tech’s 27-point blitzkrieg mid-game was perhaps one of the most disheartening minutes of the game. Mack Brun 2.0. Carolina couldn’t get started offensively, got pushed around defensively and took some stupid penalties.
3. A mobile opposing quarterback again presented a defensive problem for Carolina. Tech started the game with Jordan Yates, but moved on to Jeff Sims in the second quarter. The Sims seemed to create some confusion among the Tar Heel defense, as on a few occasions the Heels simply ignored the quarterback. He executed it effectively enough that his occasional passes were unexpected enough to be dangerous. The Sims finished with 112 rushing yards, 128 rushing yards and four combined touchdowns (three rushing).
4. The quarterback switch was a game-changer. Geoff Collins’ side averaged just 3.3 yards per game with Yates in the game. After switching to The Sims, they clicked more than eight yards per game. It’s not like the Sims’ appearance was completely unexpected, as Tech has used both quarters this year. But Carolina struggled to deal with the Sims’ dual threat abilities. He also led a practice that sealed the game after Carolina drew 35-22 in the fourth quarter. In a situation where just one stop would have made the game very interesting, the Sims and Jackets walked the field 52 yards in 12 plays, consuming over seven minutes from the clock.
“He made all the difference in the world,” Brown said on THSN. “He’s tall and very fast and he threw it well and gave them a spark that they didn’t have in the first half. He made all the difference in the match in the second half. “
5. In Carolina’s two losses, she was the victim of an opposing attack that dragged on as Tar Heel’s defense was unable to leave the field. Georgia Tech held the ball for 18:07 of the decisive second half and averaged 8.3 yards per game in the final 30 minutes.
6. What happened to the Carolina offensive? The Tar Heels didn’t look as explosive as they did last week against Virginia. Keep in mind that inconsistency is often a hallmark of disruption in younger players, which happens at multiple skill positions. But the offensive line is loaded with experience, and the pressure from Georgia Tech seemed to bother Sam Howell, who was sacked eight times by a Tech defense who had only had three sacks in the previous three games.
7. In an incredible career, Howell will not remember Saturday night. He spent most of the evening under pressure, struggled to find receivers, was sacked eight times and lost three fumbles. What is the reason for these sacks: are they mistakes on the offensive line, receivers who need to gain more distance, or Howell who needs to get rid of the ball more decisively?
Yes. It’s a combination of all of these. You don’t give up eight bags by a failure in one area.
8. Some indecision cost Carolina a time-out early in the second half, and that turned out not to be the worst part of the game. Facing the fourth and one (after getting screwed on the third and one), the Tar Heels did not get out of the caucus quickly enough and had to burn a time out to avoid a game delay. Then things got worse instead of better, as Howell was pissed off, handing the ball over to Tech on Carolina 39 with 11:25 left in the third quarter.
9. Carolina’s most consistent pass-catch threat this season has clearly been Josh Downs. The second most consistent receptor emerging might be the tight end Kamari Morales. The sophomore looked good in Atlanta, making a career-high seven catches for 66 yards and putting in a great touchdown reception in the third quarter. Emery Simmons also had a career best day, recording 110 yards on three catches.
10. The racing game, however, was almost completely absent. Ty Chandler picked up 48 yards on 17 carries, and Carolina as a team only managed 63 yards on 35 carries. Sack yards – of which there were plenty – are subtracted from rushing yards, but the Tar Heels still haven’t found consistency on the pitch.
11. Mack Brun said the next step for his special teams is not just to avoid bad plays, but to make big game-changing plays. For the second time in three games, the Tar Heels got a blocked punt against Tech. This time it was Giovanni Biggers with a block in the first quarter that set up the UNC offensive in Jacket territory. Howell turned it into a 7-0 lead with an incredible 23-yard touchdown through the Tech defense.
12. Unfortunately, however, the special teams also took some points on the board in the second quarter. As Grayson Atkins was attempting a 48-yard field goal to make 10-6, Ed Montilus was assessed a false start penalty. Atkins split the amounts with the 48-yard try canceled, but then missed the 53-yard attempt.
13. Carolina was especially very good in the fourth quarter under Mack Brun. But so far this year, the second quarter has been a problem. The Tar Heels have been outscored 48-13 in the second period this season.
14. Good job of the officials team to get the untargeted call against Trey Morrison correct at the beginning of the third trimester. It would have been a game-changer for the Tar Heel defense (especially with a defensive backfield that was already missing Storm duck, who missed the game with a lower body injury), but upon examination, the targeting was removed.
15. Great job from the marketing and football staff at Georgia Tech in transforming what could have been a very sterile neutral site environment into a good tech friendly atmosphere. The Jackets are signed to play one game per season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and it looks like that could be good for the program.
16. Give Mack Brun the last word: “I can’t understand why North Carolina has a 9-20 record in Atlanta,” he told THSN. “It doesn’t make sense to me why some places are harder to play than others. I’ve been doing this for a long time and still can’t figure it out… I’m embarrassed by the way we played. It makes you I want to throw up, honestly. I hate it for our fans because they’ve been so good. ”