Pittsburgh — Jeff Sims Thrown for a landing and ran for one more as Georgia Tech fired its coach and athletic director lower than per week after upset No. 24 Pittsburgh, 26-21, on Saturday evening.
Georgia Tech let go on Monday, two days after a 27-10 loss to UCF to athletic director Todd Stansbury and coach Geoff Collins, which dropped the Yellow Jackets 1-3 on the season.
Collins was in his fourth season as coach, and the Yellow Jackets’ defeat to the Knights final week was the ninth straight for FBS opponents relationship from the earlier season.
However interim coach Brent Key ready the troops for the season’s efficiency because the Yellow Jackets (2-3, 1-1 acc). Though he collected solely 17 first downs and 338 complete yards, he held the ball for 31:04 within the rain in Pittsburgh and gained as a 21.5-point underdog.
“I do know these guys had all of it, and we wanted to get them on the identical web page,” Key mentioned in his postgame, on-field interview on the ACC community.
Pitt (3-2, 0-1) struggled to search out his footing on the moist turf, simply 106 yards on the bottom. It was his second dwelling lack of the yr, after leaving Tennessee a 34-27 extra time determination final month.
Georgia Tech lined 236 yards on the bottom and gained with Simms’ 18-yard landing run within the fourth quarter with 1:25. Hassan Corridor 157 yards for the Yellow Jacket piled on the bottom.
“The coaches rallied them collectively, stored them targeted on the mission, sooner or later at a time, one play at a time to get this win,” Key mentioned.
In a stunning flip of occasions – though it’s nonetheless fairly early within the season – the Yellow Jackets are only one sport behind Duke and North Carolina for first place within the ACC Coastal Division. They’ll host the Blue Devils in Atlanta on Saturday.
“I am so blissful for the youngsters, the coaches, the alumni base,” Key mentioned. “We have got numerous work to do. … We have got the Duke in seven days.”
Secret is the primary Yellow Jacket alum to steer this system since Invoice Curry’s tenure within the Eighties.
The Related Press contributed to this report.