Tech down #24 Pitt after drama-filled week 26-21

PITTSBURGH- After a 1-3 start and the dismissal of head coach Geoff Collins, the expectations were low for the Georgia Tech night game at #24 Pitt. Interim head coach Brent Key thought otherwise and the team fought through poor weather conditions, injuries, and a week of turmoil to knock off the Panthers 26-21 in dramatic fashion.

“I’m just really proud of these kids and this coaching staff,” Key said after the game.” We were able to block out all the noise and eliminate all the external distractions that were around them and focus on one goal moving forward. We challenged them early in the week on a couple of things including winning the day and one play at a time. I’m so happy for these kids. We believe in them.”

The Jackets led much of the game including almost the entire first half before giving up a late first-half touchdown with just over a minute left in the half. Tech hit four field goals behind the leg of new kicker Gavin Stewart who hit all four of his kicks on the day after missing the last two weeks with an injury.

Stewart hit his first field goal early in the first quarter from 37-yards out and he was locked in from there.

“That first one I was pretty nervous,” Stewart said. “I actually don’t remember that much, but it was definitely a confidence booster for a kicker and it is a good feeling to get it through and it calmed my nerves.”

His four field goals were the most for a Jacket kicker since Harrison Butker hit four against Kentucky in the 2016 Tax Slayer Bowl.

Field position and timely turnovers helped the upset, but the Jackets also got key players from quarterback Jeff Sims who ran for 81 yards and the game sealing touchdown with 1:25 left in the game while also passing for 102 yards and the first Tech touchdown of the day to EJ Jenkins in the fourth quarter.

Running back Hassan Hall got the nod and came on late rushing for 157 yards on 20 carries including the run that set up Sims’ final touchdown on a 63-yard first-down…

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