ATLANTA -- The Georgia Tech defense got after Pittsburghquarterback Tom Savage and came away with five sacks, two each by defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu and defensive tackle Euclid Cummings and one from linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days in Saturday's 23-20 Yellow Jackets win.
The five sacks are the most by the Yellow Jackets in a game this season. Georgia Tech had three sacks against Virginia and Brigham Young.
“We practiced hard, and the guys played harder and faster,” Cummings said. “Now we’re in position to finish the season strong.”
The two sacks by Attaochu give him six for the season and 25 for his career. The senior is now tied for fourth place with Eric Henderson (2002-05) for fourth place on career sack list. Attaochu has four sacks in his past two games, more than his total from the first seven games. Georgia Tech’s career sack record of 31 is held by Greg Gathers, who played from 1999-02.
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Attaochu had at least two other hurries and was bearing down on Savage on a key third-down. Savage had to hurry the throw, which was incomplete.
Cummings had two sacks, giving him three for the season and six for his career. It was the first full sack of Hunt-Days’ career.
Milestones for Sims
Senior B-back David Sims reached a couple of milestones Saturday night.
Sims entered the game needing only 19 yards to reach 1,900 for his career, only the 14th Georgia Tech player to reach that figure. He reached that midway in the first quarter on a 5-yard run up the middle. That run also enabled Sims to reach the 2,000-yard level for all-purpose yards.
Sims scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter for his 21st career rushing touchdown. That moved up into a tie for eighth with Eddie Lee Ivery and Leon Hardeman on the school’s career list.
A kickoff return conundrum
Senior Jemea Thomas was pressed into duty on kickoff returns against Pittsburgh. Jamal Goden and Lynn Griffin, who combined for 11 of Georgia Tech’s 17 kickoff returns this season, both missed the game with injuries.
Thomas entered the game with two career kickoff returns, one earlier this year. He returned his first kick in the second period and picked up 23 yards. His return to open the second half went for 18 yards. Notes
The two teams met in the middle of the field for a handshake as part of ACC Sportsmanship Week. ... Former Georgia Tech player and head coach Bill Curry was the honorary captain for the game. Georgia Tech won the kick and deferred until the second half. ... Georgia Tech had several changes to the starting lineup. Synjyn Days started at A-back in place of Deon Hill and Micheal Summers started at wide receiver in place of Darren Waller.