Georgia Tech is famous for its triple option offense, which can be a challenge to defend because it gives the offense several options to move the ball.
Withers said the key to success against Georgia Tech is scoring touchdowns every time the Tar Heels have possession.
“Offensively, we’ve got to keep the ball,” Withers said. “We’ve got to run the clock. We’ve got to make sure we’re scoring points when we’ve got the opportunity to score points. This week probably becomes more team oriented maybe than any other week.”
The Yellow Jackets also run a 3-4 defense — starting four linebackers and three defensive linemen.
UNC quarterback Bryn Renner — who has completed 81.4 percent of his passes so far this season — said keeping an eye on where the Yellow Jacket linebackers are positioned will be crucial to handling Georgia Tech’s tricky defense.
“They try and confuse you,” Renner said. “They’re very good at what they do, and they run a different style of offense than what we’re used to seeing, and a different kind of defense than we’re used to seeing. They just try and throw you off a little bit.”
After last week’s conference-opening win against Virginia, Withers named the offensive line the offensive players of the game. Renner said he plans to lean on the unit a lot Saturday as he and the rest of the Tar Heel offense will focus on keeping the ball out of Georgia Tech’s hands.
And for good reason.
Last week in its 66-24 win against Kansas, Georgia Tech racked up 768 yards of total offense and averaged 12.1 yards per carry — breaking a record set by Bear Bryant’s Alabama offense in 1973.
The Yellow Jackets’ stat line was a shock to UNC defensive tackle Tydreke Powell.
“When I seen that, it was just mind blowing for me,” Powell said. “We’re definitely going to have our hands full.”
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