Tar Heels looking to solve Georgia Tech's attack

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm •  Published: September 20, 2013
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MORE GOOD D FOR YELLOW JACKETS: The most important new look for Georgia Tech is first-year defensive coordinator Ted Roof's 4-3 scheme. Defense has been the Yellow Jackets' weakness in recent seasons. The new defense has allowed only 14 points in two games. Stopping North Carolina will be a more stressful challenge. The Tar Heels beat Middle Tennessee 40-20 two weeks ago. North Carolina's 511 total yards in the win marked the 13th time in Fedora's 14 games as coach the Tar Heels have gained at least 400 yards. It was the team's seventh game under Fedora with at least 40 points. Quarterback Bryn Renner's two touchdown passes this year give him 56 for his career, two behind T.J. Yates for second place on the school records.

SPREADING THE PRAISE: North Carolina is expecting to see the Yellow Jackets emphasize the spread option plays that have been Johnson's trademark through his years at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech. Johnson is so immersed in the offense he doesn't even hold a list of the plays on the sideline. He's had his playbook memorized for years. "Paul has been running this offense since he was probably in diapers and he knows all the answers," Fedora said. "Whatever you throw at him, he's seen it I promise you. He's going to find a way." Johnson's offense has more yards rushing than any FBS team since he took the Georgia Tech job in 2008. Lee has added more balance with his passing skills. Last week Lee became the first Georgia Tech quarterback since Reggie Ball in 2006 to throw four touchdown passes in a game.

YELLOW JACKETS CAN'T LOOK AHEAD: Georgia Tech is in the middle of an important stretch where it plays three ACC games in 12 days. The Yellow Jackets will have a quick turnaround before playing Virginia Tech at home on Thursday night. "You can't worry about that game," Johnson said. "We are dead-focused on North Carolina. We know it's going to be a tough game and when we finish that game, we'll move on to the next one."