GAMEDAY College Football

Georgia Tech 45, North Carolina 22

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - Jeff Sims came off the bench to run for three touchdowns and pass for another, Georgia Tech's defense stifled Sam Howell much of the game and the Yellow Jackets beat a ranked team for the first time in Geoff Collins' three seasons as coach, upsetting No. 21 North Carolina 45-22.

Playing for the first time since he was injured in a season-opening loss to Northern Illinois, Sims replaced Jordan Yates late in the second quarter and ran for TDs of 11 and 1 yards that put Georgia Tech in control - the latter set up by his 38-yard scamper.

Sims threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Malachi Carter early in the fourth quarter and finished off the game with a flourish, scoring on a 50-yard run with just over a minute remaining.

Sims ran for 128 yards on 10 carries and completed 10 of 13 passes for 112 yards for Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

North Carolina (2-2, 1-2) is shaping up as one of the nation's most disappointing teams after coming into the season ranked in the top 10.

Sam Howell was sacked eight times and fumbled twice, leading to 10 points for the the Yellow Jackets in the first half. He also was stuffed on a fourth-down run in his own territory, setting up a short field for another Georgia Tech touchdown drive.

Howell completed 25 of 39 for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored the game's first TD on a 23-yard run, but finished with just 8 yards rushing after back-to-back games with more than 100 yards.

His chief tormenter was Georgia Tech linebacker Charlie Thomas, who had 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles in the Tar Heels backfield.

Collins came into the night with a record of 7-18 since taking over as Georgia Tech coach in 2019, including an 0-6 mark against ranked teams.

Make it 1-6.

The Tar Heels didn't look anything like the team that blew away Virginia the week before, when they piled up 699 total yards and scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half possessions in a 59-39 victory.

Instead, they reverted to the shaky form of a 17-10 loss at Virginia Tech in the season opener, when Howell was sacked six times and threw three interceptions.

The Yellow Jackets played the first of six games in six seasons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, about a mile from their midtown campus and best known as home of the NFLs Atlanta Falcons.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UNCGaTech
UNC TD 10:23 Sam Howell 23 yard TD run (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 7 0
Second Quarter UNCGaTech
GaTech FG 14:21 Brent Cimaglia 34 yard field goal 7 3
GaTech FG 13:34 Brent Cimaglia 32 yard field goal 7 6
GaTech TD 2:41 Jeff Sims 11 yard TD run (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 7 13
Third Quarter UNCGaTech
GaTech TD 10:53 Jeff Sims 1 yard TD run (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 7 20
GaTech TD 5:39 Jahmyr Gibbs 4 yard TD run (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 7 27
UNC TD 3:50 Kamari Morales 7 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Grayson Atkins Extra Point) 14 27
Fourth Quarter UNCGaTech
GaTech TD 13:52 Malachi Carter 27 yard TD pass from Jeff Sims (Dylan Leonard 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 14 35
UNC TD 11:19 Josh Downs 4 yard TD pass from Sam Howell (Cayden Baker 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 22 35
GaTech FG 4:07 Brent Cimaglia 31 yard field goal 22 38
GaTech TD 1:13 Jeff Sims 50 yard TD run (Brent Cimaglia Extra Point) 22 45
Team Stats
  North Carolina Georgia Tech
First downs 17 19
  Rushing 6 11
  Passing 11 7
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 3-11, 27%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 35-63 43-261
Passing Yards 306 133
Return Yards 55 11
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-39-0 13-18-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 8-53 1-11
Punts 4 4
Fumbles Lost 3-3 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-69 5-40
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Howell 25 39 306 2 0
Georgia Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Sims 10 12 112 1 0
J. Yates 3 6 21 0 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Chandler 17 48 2.8 0
S. Howell 16 8 0.5 1
D. Jones 2 7 3.5 0
Georgia Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Sims 10 128 12.8 3
J. Gibbs 13 64 4.9 1
J. Mason 8 42 5.3 0
D. Smith 6 28 4.7 0
J. Yates 4 3 0.8 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Simmons 3 110 36.7 0
K. Morales 7 66 9.4 1
J. Downs 8 53 6.6 1
A. Green 2 50 25.0 0
T. Chandler 1 12 12.0 0
G. Walston 2 11 5.5 0
D. Jones 2 4 2.0 0
Georgia Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Carter 3 48 16.0 1
K. McGowan 3 39 13.0 0
N. McCollum 2 16 8.0 0
J. Gibbs 2 16 8.0 0
K. Norris 1 13 13.0 0
D. Smith 2 1 .5 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 4 188 47.0
Georgia Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Shanahan 3 134 44.7
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Downs 2 18 9.0
Georgia Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. McGowan 3 11 3.7
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Hood 1 18 18.0
T. Chandler 1 19 19.0
Georgia Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
G. Atkins 53
Georgia Tech Missed FG
Player Length




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