Georgia Tech Holds Off Florida State 31-28

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, November 1, 2008. (AP) The play designed to give Florida State a last-minute comeback win worked just as coach Bobby Bowden expected -- until Marcus Sims lost the ball.

Sims fumbled into the end zone to finish No. 15 Florida State's comeback hopes in the final minute, and Georgia Tech beat the Seminoles 31-28 on Saturday.

Florida State trailed 24-10 in the first half and 31-20 before scoring with 6:04 left.

Georgia Tech safety Cooper Taylor's helmet-to-football hit popped the ball loose on Sims' second-down run from the 3. Rashaad Reid recovered it with 45 seconds left, beating Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and others in the fight for the ball.

After it was over, Georgia Tech fans poured onto the field from each end zone after the game to celebrate the Yellow Jackets first victory over Florida State since 1975. The fans stood about 30 yards deep in front of their band to celebrate breaking a 12-game losing streak to the Seminoles, which revived ACC title game hopes for the Yellow Jackets (7-2 overall, 4-2 ACC).

Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 145 yards and scored on runs of 36 and 66 yards for Georgia Tech.


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