By Don Stone, Georgia Tech Express

     The game didn’t get off to the best of starts. After a pair of lengthy delays from lightning warnings, Georgia Tech stumbled out of the starting gate. A promising opening drive was halted in its tracks by an interception in the red zone.

     Florida State took that opportunity to march downfield for a 7-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets moved the ball again only to have two easy field goals blocked along with an extra point leaving seven points on the field.

     The Seminoles would build a ten point lead before Tech showed some grit and overcame adversity.

     The defense kept GT in the game holding the Noles to just three points the rest of the game. Freshman quarterback Jeff Sims, after tossing a pair of interceptions, persevered and moved his team downfield to pull to within three (10-7) late in the third quarter.

     A 15 yard pass to Malichi Carter early in the fourth quarter tied the game with a 32 yard Jude Kelley field goal giving the Jackets their only lead of the game. It was all they needed for a 13-10 final.

     Tech out rushed FSU 186-143 with a 277-198 advantage in the air as well. The two blocked field goals and blocked extra point along with the pair of interceptions kept the game close.

     Sims gave fans hope for things to come, passing for 277 yards and rushing for 64. The 6’3, 215 pounder, who once was a Florida State commitment, became the first true freshman quarterback to ever start a season with a win for Tech.

     It was the first road win to open the season for the Jackets in thirteen years and the first time they’ve opened the season with a conference win on the road since 1996.

     Carter set a career high with six catches. Other career highs were achieved by WR Jalen Camp with five receptions and RB Jamious Griffin with 42 rushing yards. DL Curtis Ryans got his first two career sacks along with a pair of forced fumbles.

     Watch Head Coach Geoff Collins’ Post Game Press Conference

     Georgia Tech has their home opener on Saturday as they host the Central Florida Knights at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Kickoff is 3:30pm on ESPN.