After starting up and down in the first half, when he finished two promising interceptions and almost threw a third, Sims shone in the second half, standing cool in his pocket and shooting passes to the goal. Among them was a 15-yard pass for wide receiver Malachi Carter, who tied the score at 13-13 with 13:17, remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished the game 24-for-35, passing for 277 yards, with one touch and two interceptions. It was the most completed quarterback from Tech’s quarterback since 2005 (Reggie Ball), according to sports-reference.com
After Jude Kelly̵
7;s kicker attempt after the equalizer touchdown was blocked – the third-year freshman’s miss after two goal attempts in the first half were blocked – Ryan jumped from the right side of the FSU line to pull the ball from Blackman and the babeback David Curry lifted his fingers and returned them 19 yards to FSU’s 11-yard line.
From there, Kelly joined and connected from 32 yards to give the Jackets their first lead in the game at 16-13, making a clutch after his rocky start.
The jackets took the victory with four players aside – defensive devices TK Chimedza, defensive end Antonna Clayton, running back Jahmyr Gibbs and cornerback Tre Swilling. Chimedza and Swilling are back in the starting line-up, Clayton was expected to start after last year’s transfer from Florida, and Gibbs was looking forward to his debut. Gibbs was on the sidelines, but he wasn’t getting dressed.
Safety Tariq Carpenter, a two-year-old starter, did not play in the second half after leaving the game after a collision with FSU’s broad receiver Tamorion Terry.
Tech’s defense, which struggled to squeeze quarterbacks last season, collected three sacks and limited Seminoles to three points in the second half. Tech hold FSU (0-1, 0-1) up to 307 yards offense, less than the allowed jackets in all but one game last season.