October 28, 2021

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ATLANTA (AP) Jeff Sims was really upset for a few days. Then he pulled himself together and waited for another chance.

When it came Saturday night, he sure took advantage of it.

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 with a 45-22 upset of No. 21 North Carolina.

Sims played for the first time since he was injured in a season-opening loss to Northern Illinois and surrendered his starting job to Jordan Yates.

”I’m not gonna lie,” Sims said. ”I was really in a slump mentally for a couple of days. But I just talked to my family, blocked the outside noise, leaned in on God and my family and they really helped me get through it.”

Sims replaced 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 and finished off the game with a flourish, scoring on a 50-yard run with just over a minute remaining for Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

He rushed for 128 yards on 10 carries and completed 10 of 13 passes for 112 yards.

”There’s no benefit to me being a pouter,” Sims said. ”I knew my time was gonna come.”

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

Sam Howell was sacked eight times and fumbled the ball away three times, leading to 10 points for the the Yellow Jackets in the first half and setting up their final TD. He also was stuffed on a fourth-down run in his own territory, giving Georgia Tech another short field that led to a touchdown.

Note: Game-story via CBS Sports.

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