Georgia Tech: 6
North Carolina: 6
Georgia Tech came into Chapel Hill with a 2-2 record to face a 3-2 North Carolina team. While most believed that Tech would lose the game by two to three touchdowns, Head Coach William Alexander led the Jackets to one of their best performances of a poor season and a 6-6 tie at Kenan Stadium.
The second quarter was the most eventful of the game, as both teams scored their lone touchdowns during the period. North Carolina struck first, capping off a long drive when Jim Magner connected with Johnny Branch for a 27 yard touchdown pass, giving the Tar Heels a 6-0 lead after the missed extra point. Later in the period, the Yellow Jackets relied heavily on halfback J.T. Cain as they marched towards the end zone. Even though Tech received a 15 yard penalty, they were able put the exclamation point on a 47 yard drive when Jap Hart ran the ball in from 27 yards out. Hart was hit by Johnny Branch at the 4 yard line but was able to roll into the end zone for the score. Tech’s missed extra point left the teams tied.
Both teams put on a defensive clinic for the remainder of the game. Yellow Jacket left tackle G.L. Maree played a major roll for the Tech defense. His hard hitting threw a wrench into the North Carolina rushing attack and the remainder of the Tech defense played exceptionally well as a unit.
Tech almost pulled out a victory after a second half drive nearly resulted in another touchdown. The highlight of the drive was a 21 yard run by Hart in which he shook off three tackles before finally being brought down. The drive ended when Cain was unable to convert on fourth down.
While Tech was unable to pull out the victory, the tie was quite an achievement for a Tech team that would go on to lose their remaining four games.
McGill, Ralph. “Hart Runs 27 Yards for Touchdown as Jackets Tie Tarheels.” The Atlanta Constitution. 1930 Nov. 2