Bunting: Give them credit.

ATLANTA, GA--Carolina head coach John Bunting faced the media after last night's 28-21 loss against Georgia Tech and praised the team that ended UNC's five-game streak.

"I have certainly told our players and I will say it again, give them a lot of credit, they were emotional, they played with a great deal of fire, they executed well, their quarterback played very well, they ran the ball on us. This is a good defense they just put a bunch of yards up on," said Bunting.

A bunch of yards indeed. The Yellow Jackets ran up 424 yards against a defense that had held high-powered offenses such as Oklahoma and Clemson to under 300 yards.

Coach Bunting, obviously disappointed in the play of the UNC defense, said, "We were certainly out-performed on special teams, but the big disappointment for me is when we had third-down situations on defense we did not get off the field. You got to do that against a good team."

The Tar Heels helped out the Ramblin' Wreck offense on a couple of occasions, when drawn offsides by the cadence of Tech quarterback George Godsey. "Defensively, we were really never able to get them into situations where we could get off the field. Too many third-down conversions, and the penalties on a couple of third-down plays are just inexcusable.

"We talked about it going into the game, it was a big emphasis of ours, thinking we might get some cadence, and we needed to stay onsides and we didn't do it, and that hurt us a bunch."

Bunting was also quick to praise Georgia Tech quarterback, George Godsey, who proved to be tough to defend. "And give Godsey credit," said Bunting, "The guy is an absolute magnificent thrower with people in his face; because we were knocking him he was still completing balls. We did not cover well."

Godsey completed 18 of 27 passes (67 percent) for 187 yards.

As for UNC's inability to run the ball against Georgia Tech, Bunting felt like the Carolina line did little to create room against a stout Tech defensive line. "We didn't create any holes whatsoever for our runners, both the quarterback, and Andre and Jacque. They did a real good job blocking us up front."

The Tar Heel headman felt that there was plenty of blame to go around, even for himself. "I think we were outplayed in almost every aspect, and probably out-coached."

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