Georgia Tech opens season by stunning Florida State in road win

Georgia Tech opens season by stunning Florida State in road win

Georgia Tech football head coach Geoff Collins during a preseason football practice at Alexander Rose Bowl Field. (Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The team picked to finish last in the ACC had something to say Saturday.

In a game delayed twice by lightning, Georgia Tech scored perhaps the most significant victory of coach Geoff Collins' young tenure, defeating Florida State 16-13 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Taking the field as 12.5-point underdogs, Tech rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit behind an impressive display of the Jackets defense and the playmaking of freshman quarterback Jeff Sims in his highly anticipated debut.

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“The men that came out here and played (Saturday), poured their hearts out,” Collins said. “I thought our coaching staff did an amazing job, just working together as a team.”