ATLANTA — Too many questions, not enough answers.
Standing in a makeshift postgame press conference in the Georgia Tech football team’s weight room, head coach Mack Brown took the podium following the No. 17 Tar Heels’ 46-42 loss to the Yellow Jackets.
On a night where North Carolina blew a double-digit, second-half lead to an unranked team with a losing record for the second straight week — surrendering 22 points in the fourth quarter — Brown couldn’t provide much explanation for UNC's defensive performance after the game.
“I told the guys I can’t answer what happened right now,” Brown said. “I’ll watch it on the plane going home, we’ll adjust and see what part of that’s coaching and what part of that’s their responsibility. Don’t point fingers, everybody else will.”
So, what led to Georgia Tech successfully rushing for 246 yards in the fourth quarter?
“I don’t know, I gotta watch the video,” Brown replied. “If I had known, I would’ve been able to help [the defense] adjust.”
What does Brown think the mood of the team is now? No hesitation here:
“They’re crushed. I gotta pick ‘em up. That’s the thing, everybody will be down on them.”
As the Yellow Jackets iced the game with one final first down, quarterback Drake Maye could only watch from the sidelines. He raised his helmet, briefly paused, and threw it on the ground with both hands. To his left, sophomore offensive tackle Diego Pounds took off his own helmet and dropped to a crouch.