Florida State vs. Georgia Tech Score, Takeaway: Knowles skip fourth straight opener as Yellow Jackets rally


Mike Norwell’s start as head coach at Florida State turned out to be a lot like that of his predecessor Willie Taggart: disappointment as the homegrown seminoles fell to 16-13 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. This is the fourth straight season-opening loss for Florida State, something that has not happened since 1973–76. It was Georgia Tech’s first win at Florida State since 2009.

In his first start, freshman Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims threw for 277 yards, ran for 64 yards and threw a touchdown that afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder spread the money around, completing passes to 10 different receivers on the night. Not bad for a quarterback at Georgia Tech, who took the triple option, taken by Geoff Collins for Paul Johnson before the 2019 season.

Sims hit Malachi Carter for a 15-yard touchdown with a 15-yard run, leaving him to tie the game. 13. Judy Kelly – who had three kicks on the afternoon (two field goals and one extra point) – a 32-yard field goal for a drilled a go-ahead score.

Florida State quarterback James Blackman was 23 of 43 for 198 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the afternoon.

Now let’s take a look, as Georgia Tech won the season’s opening win in Thalassi on Saturday.

1. Sims is a star-in-the-making: The Yellow Jackets’ freshman quarterback looks like a budding star for a program that has a big hill to climb at the helm for the second year at Coach Collins. There is no playbook for Collins as he expands from the triple option, and it is something that many modern coaches have not successfully done, but Sims looks like a man who can speed up that rebuilding process. He did his loss on the road against a good semi-final defense, which became almost impossible for Collins as he tried to enter Year 2 in Atlanta.

No, two first half mannequins do not look good on a stat sheet. Both of those passes should not have been thrown, but came after a long drive that convinced the Jackets that they needed to come late in the game. Sims is not yet a star, but Collins has the necessary foundation for the future. It is this four-star, double-threat stud that led him to victory in Thalassi.

2. Collins needed: Georgia Tech was after last season. Apart from a win over a very average Miami (FL) team, no one really noticed the start of the rebuild. They are now paying attention.

Fans and high school players will have a great chance to capitalize on a perfect marketing opportunity by winning a slim opening weekend with a great game at one of the most tradition-rich events in the last 25 years – and that Well focused on marketing. Collins has made a big push in the city of Atlanta by promoting “404” culture with the hashtag # 4The404. If he can see the talent of high school in the metro area, he can get it out.

3. Can not block the state of Florida: Stop me if you’ve heard this before … Really, don’t stop me, because it needs to be said again. Florida cannot block the state. Not even a little bit. Blackman was sacked three times and had six tackles for loss to the Yellow Jackets as a recurring subject in Thalassi that remains through three different coaches (Jimbo Fisher, Taggart and Norwell). It is sitting as the season opener despite three key Georgia Tech defenders.

The quarterback receives too much praise and too much criticism. It makes sense. Ultimately, this is the most important position on the field. But don’t put this loss on Blackman. He was running for his life all night.

4. Nayles has a star in DB: Florida State defensive back Asante Samuel Jr., the son of four-time Pro Bowl defensive back Asante Samuel, did his father’s best in the semifinal season-opener on Saturday afternoon. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior from Sunrisers, Florida, picked up two Jeff Sims passes in the first half, and both were big.

His first interception halted the game’s first campaign. Sims, a freshman from Jacksonville, Florida, cooked up the Yellow Jackets after rushing for 53 yards in 11 plays. But Samuel eliminated Sims at the Florida State 10-yard line and returned it 38 yards to the 48-yard line. That pick touched Florida State to go 7–0 in their first campaign of the year.

Samuel delivered more Red Zone heroes in the second quarter after a long Georgia Tech drive. Defensive lineman Marvin Wilson pressured Sims to pass an ill-advised pass in the middle of the field. Samuel inserted it at the 11-yard line and scampered to the left sideline at Florida State 42, stopping a nine-play, 46-yard drive by the Yellow Jackets.

Watch both of Samuel’s first half pics here:

Samuel’s father was an NFL star from 2003–13. He was part of the New England Patriots teams that won two Super Bowls (XXXVIII, XXXIX), was named to the Pro Bowl four times and made 51 interceptions with the Patriots (2003-07), Philadelphia Eagles (2008-11) and Atlanta Falcons. Lengthened. (2012–13).