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Postgame Notes: North Carolina 48, Georgia Tech 43

Oct. 19, 2014

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MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
• Georgia Tech captains: senior LB Quayshawn Nealy, senior RG Shaquille Mason, and sophomore QB Justin Thomas 
• The game marked the 50th meeting between the schools – Georgia Tech’s sixth-most played rivalry and third-most against an ACC school.
• Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 28-19-3, but had its five-game winning streak in the series snapped. Tech falls to 10-12-3 all-time in Chapel Hill.

TEAM NOTES
• Georgia Tech extended its streak to 218 consecutive games without being shut out – the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. The Jackets haven’t been shut out since Oct. 18, 1997 – a 38-0 loss at No. 3 Florida State.
• Tech surpassed 600 yards of total offense for the fourth time under head coach Paul Johnson. The 43 points by Georgia Tech were a season-high and the most in an ACC game since a 56-0 win over Syracuse (Oct. 19, 2013) at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
• Senior LB Quayshawn Nealy made his 39th career start – and 16th consecutive.
• Senior RG Shaquille Mason made his 33rd career start – and 32nd consecutive on the offensive line.
• Junior DL Adam Gotsis made his 21st consecutive start of his career.
• WR Darren Waller made his first start of the season.
• Senior B-back Zach Laskey gained 74 yards rushing on 15 carries, and moved past former All-American QB Joe Hamilton for 19th on the Jackets’ all-time rushing list with 1,777 yards.
• Junior Jamal Golden moved into sixth-place on the Jackets’ career kick return yards list with 1,268 yards, surpassing Charlie Rogers (1,264).
• Golden also recorded his second interception of the season – and fifth of his career – in the first quarter. It was the ninth interception by Tech this season and Golden is the first Jacket with multiple interceptions.
• Senior WR DeAndre Smelter caught two passes for 58 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a career-long 75-yard run (end around) in the fourth quarter.
• Smelter becomes the first Jacket to rush and catch for a touchdown in the same game since David Sims versus Elon on August 31, 2013.
• Smelter reeled in a 46-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter — his team-leading fifth receiving TD of the season and the ninth of his two-yard career.
• Sophomore LB Paul Davis registered a game-high 14 tackles (11 solo) — the most by any Yellow Jacket this season and a career-high.
• The 11 tackles by junior S Demond Smith were also a career high.
• Sophomore QB Justin Thomas finished the game eight-of-18 passing for 235 yards and three touchdowns — his second career passing game of 250+ yards and his first in ACC play.
• Thomas has 959 yards passing this season with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

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