On defense, Tech was spun around and overpowered, unable to slow down the power running of running back Elijah Hood or the wide-open passing game triggered by quarterback Mitch Trubisky. North Carolina needed a mere 11 possessions to rack up its 48 points, punting only once and never turning the ball over. Two of the possessions ended the first and second halves.
Tech was particularly run over in the second half, getting outscored 21-3 as the Jackets wore down on defense and killed two drives with lost fumbles on offense. In the process, Tech lost both quarterback Justin Thomas and center Freddie Burden to injury.