ATLANTA — With just more than a minute and a half left on the clock in Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, North Carolina needed a quick touchdown to tie the score and hold on to the hope of winning its first road game of the season.
But instead of moving down the field as the seconds ticked away, redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner was forced to spend valuable time peeling himself off the turf of Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Ga. Tech sacked Renner seven times in its 35-28 win against UNC — including twice during the Tar Heels’ final drive.
The sacks and an illegal shift penalty ate up UNC’s precious time on the final drive, and the Tar Heels walked off the field without a win for the first time this season.
But even though the inexperience of his first-year starting quarterback shined against the Yellow Jackets, interim head coach Everett Withers said he hoped Renner would take something from the game’s mishaps.