Tar Heels fall to Georgia Tech as an­other QB hurt

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JONATHAN M. ALEXAN­DER jalexan­der@new­sob­server.com

North Carolina has tried to turn to its quar­ter­back of the fu­ture, whomever that might be, whether it’s sopho­more Chazz Sur­ratt, fresh­men Cade Fortin and, most re­cently, Jace Ruder.

But each time, fate has in­ter­vened, and UNC (1-7, 1-5 ACC) has had to rely on ju­nior quar­ter­back Nathan El­liott, who has proven he is not the an­swer. And so it was again on Satur­day, dur­ing a 38-28 de­feat to Georgia Tech, that UNC suf­fered yet an­other set­back to a sea­son that has had many lows and an in­suf­fi­cient num­ber of highs.

For the sea­son, El­liott is av­er­ag­ing 205 yards per game and is com­plet­ing 60 per­cent of his passes. But he also has eight touch­downs to seven in­ter­cep­tions.

El­liott was re­placed in the sec­ond quar­ter of Satur­day’s game by Ruder, a true fresh­man, who made his sea­son de­but. Ruder, who is 6-2, 220pound, played well. He was 4-for-5 for 80 yards and a touch­down pass.

ROBERT WIL­LETT rwil­lett@new­sob­server.com

Georgia Tech's To­bias Oliver scores the win­ning touch­down on a 1-yard run in the fourth quar­ter Satur­day against North Carolina.

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