ATLANTA (AP) — Geoff Collins knew Georgia Tech’s wet day would come.
The coach had the Yellow Jackets ready.
Jeff Sims threw a go-ahead 19-yard scoring cross to Jahmyr Gibbs halfway by the fourth quarter and Georgia Tech rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Louisville 46-27 on Friday evening.
On a wet evening, Louisville working backs misplaced three fumbles whereas Georgia Tech didn’t commit a turnover. Collins seemed again to preseason practices when he had his offense work within the rain.
”Regardless that now we have an excellent indoor facility, we deliberately within the season once we skilled rain we might make the offense exit and follow within the rain,” Collins mentioned.
Gibbs mentioned the moist practices are widespread.
”We follow within the rain on a regular basis,” Gibbs mentioned. ”When it rains we simply maintain training exterior to get used to it.”
Georgia Tech (2-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Convention) snapped a two-game shedding streak. Sims, a freshman, handed for 249 yards with two touchdowns, together with a 34-yard scoring cross to Malachi Carter to increase the lead with lower than three minutes remaining. Dontae Smith added a 12-yard scoring run within the ultimate minute.
Louisville (1-3, 0-3) suffered its third straight loss regardless of a robust effort by quarterback Malik Cunningham, who handed for 229 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 2 scores.
Javian Hawkins ran for 155 yards for the Cardinals however his fumble within the fourth quarter was expensive. Jordan Domineck’s restoration close to midfield arrange Sims’ scoring cross to Gibbs, who vaulted defensive again Isaiah Hayes on the purpose line to provide the Yellow Jackets a 32-27 lead.
”I noticed one man in entrance of me and so I needed to do what I needed to do and I simply jumped over him,” mentioned Gibbs, who had 13 carries for 61 yards.
Gibbs’ vault was scary to Sims.
”I used to be like ‘Oh my goodness!”’ Sims mentioned, including ”At first I believed he was going to get damage when he was within the air.”
The Cardinals had a 471-450 edge in whole yards, however the misplaced fumbles had been the distinction.
”They did a great job of transferring the soccer,” mentioned Louisville coach Scott Satterfield. ”However I feel it actually got here right down to turnovers. We get a great kickoff return, we fumble. We’re driving the ball, we fumble previous midfield. These are taking away alternatives.”
Cunningham accomplished scoring passes to Marshon Ford and Tutu Atwell. His second landing run, an 11-yarder late within the third quarter, gave the Cardinals a 27-26 lead.
Georgia Tech trailed 21-7 earlier than instantly discovering its offense within the ultimate minute of the primary half.
Sims accomplished a cross to Gibbs for 41 yards, beginning a string of three consecutive completions that moved the Yellow Jackets to the Louisville 9. Sims then handed to Ahmarean Brown on an obvious reverse earlier than Brown, working proper, stopped and handed to Jalen Camp for a landing.
Louisville working again Hassan Corridor misplaced two fumbles, together with one on a kickoff return that was pressured and recovered by Bruce Jordan-Swilling. The play arrange Sims’ 22-yard scoring run for a 26-21 lead within the third quarter. Sims ran for 64 yards.
Louisville: Hawkins’ runs and Cunningham’s dynamic management offered a robust base for the Cardinals. It was not sufficient to beat the three misplaced fumbles by the working backs as turnovers had been decisive for the second straight week.
Georgia Tech: Errors, together with false begins and the blocked additional level on a low kick by Gavin Stewart, proceed to harm the Yellow Jackets. Even so, Sims continues to point out promise as the brand new chief of an enhancing workforce.
RETURN TO FORM
Cunningham didn’t throw an interception. It was a dramatic return to kind for the junior quarterback, who threw a career-high three interceptions and was sacked seven occasions in a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Sept. 26. Earlier than the loss to Pitt, Cunningham had by no means thrown multiple interception in a recreation.
Louisville cornerback Marlon Character was referred to as for focusing on and ejected following a success on Adonicas Sanders within the third quarter. Character lowered his helmet earlier than the massive hit on the sideline following Sanders’ 33-yard acquire.
Louisville will play its third consecutive highway recreation when it visits No. 5 Notre Dame on Oct. 17.
Georgia Tech faces an enormous problem when No. 1 Clemson visits Bobby Dodd Stadium on Oct. 17.
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