Georgia Tech was able to pick up a road win versus North Carolina in their first ACC game of the season, but still dropped out of the Top 25.
Many predicted that Georgia Tech would get back on track in Atlanta versus N.C. State, but the Wolfpack had other plans .
Russell Wilson posted another 300 yard passing game as the North Carolina State Wolfpack picked apart a one-dimensional Georgia Tech team in a 45-28 win in Atlanta.
The theme for Georgia Tech was too little, too late-on offense and defense-as N.C. State may be considered by more and more sportswriters as a candidate to win the ACC in 2010.
Wilson, a 5’11 redshirt junior , looked like a smaller version of Donovan McNabb as he was able to pick apart a shellshocked Yellow Jacket defense. He completed 28 of 41 passes for 368 yards.
Early in the game, Georgia Tech was able to pressure Wilson and was sacked by Brad Jefferson twice. However, Wilson was able to complete his passes from various angles by using his mobility and was able to float his passes where only his receivers can catch the football.
For Georgia Tech’s Josh Nesbitt, he struggled through halftime and finally completed his first pass in the third quarter.
Wilson led the Wolfpack offense to three consecutive touchdown drives and on the final scoring drive of the third quarter, he scrambled for six points to make the score, 31-14.
In the early minutes of the fourth quarter, Nesbitt began to make more impact plays through the passing game which concluded a scoring drive with a touchdown pass to Tyler Melton to make the score, 31-21.
Wilson began to feel the renewed pressure from Georgia Tech’s defense and threw an interception to Jerrod Tarrant which was returned for a touchdown that made the score 31-28.
Interceptions are rare for Wilson, and it was the first in 168 pass attempts this season.
However, with less than ten minutes to go, Wilson mixed in some quarterback runs and accurate passes which drove the Wolfpack offense deep into Georgia Tech territory. The drive ended along with Georgia Tech’s chances with a pass to T.J. Graham that gave the Wolfpack a 10 point lead, 38-28.
A desperate Georgia Tech team couldn’t move the ball on the next series and on 4th down–deep inside their own territory–Coach Paul Johnson decided to go for the first down conversion. The play ended with miscommunication as Nesbitt threw an incomplete pass with no receiver in sight and the Wolfpack took over on downs with under seven minutes to go in the game.
Georgia Tech drops to 1 and 1 in the ACC with a 2 and 2 overall record. N.C. State remains undefeated at 4 and 0 and 1 and 0 in the ACC.
The Yellow Jackets’ next opponent is struggling Wake Forest, next Saturday while N.C. State will face an unpredictable Virginia Tech team.