Georgia Tech notes: Jackets benefit from reviewed plays

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerSeptember 21, 2013 

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech benefitted from three plays that were viewed by officials.

The first one was incidental, negating a 1-yard North Carolina reception. The other two were critical and both went in Tech's favor after a review of the video.

The first came on David Sims' first touchdown, a 1-yard run in the second quarter. Sims had the ball stripped by North Carolina's Tee Boston, but the replay revealed that the football had already crossed the plane.

"I really didn't know," Sims said. "I probably should have just run through the guy."

The second review came with 14:13 left in the game. Quarterback Vad Lee fumbled after being tackled by UNC's Kareem Martin. But the video clearly showed that Lee was down before the ball popped loose.

"That one wasn't even close," coach Paul Johnson said. "Vad was down."

Smelter snags three more

They keep throwing the ball to DeAndre Smelter and he keeps catching them.

The junior continue his successful transformation from baseball to football by grabbing three more passes for 53 yards. All three catches went for first downs, as Vad Lee's confidence in Smelter continues to grow. Smelter now has six catches for 100 yards.

Perhaps Smelter has had a good influence on Darren Waller, who caught two balls for 38 yards, including a 26-yarder for a touchdown. The score came on a post rout that Lee threw high enough for Waller to snag about head-high.

"That's what we've been waiting for … use that 6-6 body," coach Paul Johnson said of Waller's score.

Ebron impresses

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron looked like the second-coming of Tony Gonzalez in the first half. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end caught five passes for 95 yards and made a highlight-reel one-handed 19-yard touchdown pass.

But Tech made some adjustments in the second half and Ebron got only one more catch. He seemed to retreat after Tech safety Domonique Noble rattled his cage with a hit that caused him to drop a ball.

"That's a big dude with good hands," Tech cornerback Louis Young said. "You can't go soft against him."

By the numbers

Tech won for the first time after trailing by 13 or more points since they beat Georgia in 2008. The last time the Yellow Jackets overcame a 13-point deficit to beat North Carolina was 1999. … Tech is 3-0 for just the third time in the last twelve years and is 2-0 in the ACC for the second time under Paul Johnson (the other in 2011), but for just the third time in the last 15 years. … Tech has won six straight regular-season conference games, one short of matching their longest streak set from 2009-10.

Etc.

Tech played without tailback Deon Hill, offensive lineman Morgan Bailey and strong safety Isaiah Johnson. … Tech's honorary captain was legendary running back Robert Lavette, who wore his No. 20 jersey to the coin toss at midfield.

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