Scott Sisson kicked a 27-yard field goal with 61 seconds left as 11th-ranked Georgia Tech salvaged a 13-13 tie with North Carolina yesterday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The tie ended a nine-game winning streak by Georgia Tech (5-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 ACC).
The Tar Heels (4-2-1, 1-1-1) twice stopped the Yellow Jackets inside the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter -- the second time before Sisson's kick. The tie leaves only five Division I-A teams unbeaten and untied, including top-ranked Virginia.
Four turnovers were Georgia Tech's undoing, the biggest coming when Willie Clay fumbled Scott McAllister's punt and Reggie Clark recovered for North Carolina at the Yellow Jackets 6.
Two plays later Natrone Means scored on five-yard run with 13:18 left and the Tar Heels led, 13-10. It was the second touchdown Georgia Tech's defense has allowed in the last 24 quarters.
Georgia Tech took over at its 14 and embarked on a 16-play drive that cut almost eight minutes off the clock. But North Carolina stopped the Yellow Jackets four times from the 4-yard line.
The Tar Heels -- who gained only 151 yards in the game -- failed to move the ball, and Georgia Tech took another shot at a touchdown. A 38-yard pass play from Shawn Jones to Tom Covington took Georgia Tech to the 8. Jeff Wright gained three yards, Jones lost three and a pass play lost two yards, setting up Sisson's tying kick.
Georgia Tech hasn't won at Chapel Hill in its last six visits, losing all five times in the 1980s.
William Bell fumbled in the first quarter, and North Carolina converted it into Clint Gwaltney's 32-yard field goal.
Jones finished an 86-yard drive with a 26-yard scoring run with 12:21 left before halftime to give the Yellow Jackets a 7-3 edge. Sisson finished another 86-yard drive with a 20-yard field goal just before halftime.
An interception by Cookie Massey set up Gwaltney's 25-yard field goal with 3:09 left in the third period.
Clemson 24, N.C. State 17: Fullback Howard Hall drove in from the 1-yard line with 3:02 left to give the 22nd-ranked Tigers a victory in Raleigh, N.C.
Clemson (6-2, 3-2 ACC) and N.C. State (4-4, 2-4) were tied at 17 after three quarters. Clemson's Ronald Williams fumbled inside the Wolfpack 20 with 5:05 left, but N.C. State quarterback Terry Jordan (22 of 26 passing for 221 yards) fumbled three plays later to give the Tigers the ball at the 11.
Hall scored two plays later. On the ensuing kickoff Clemson's David Joy recovered Ledell George's fumble.
DeChane Cameron led the Tigers with 182 yards passing, hitting 14 of 26 attempts. Williams finished with 95 yards on 26 carries, with 87 yards coming in the second half.