Sims, Georgia Tech roll past Alabama A&M 66-7

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm •  Published: November 23, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — David Sims says Georgia Tech accomplished exactly what it set out to do against Alabama A&M.

"We wanted to make sure that when we come in to watch film on Monday," he said, "that we'll like what we see."

Sims ran for 111 yards, Synjyn Days and Matt Connors each had two rushing touchdowns and Georgia Tech beat Alabama A&M 66-7 on Saturday.

Coach Paul Johnson got the performance he wanted against an FCS opponent before the Yellow Jackets host Georgia next week.

Georgia Tech (7-4) used mostly third- and fourth-stringers in the second half as Johnson sought to keep top players healthy on a brisk, overcast afternoon.

"I thought early on we played fairly well," Johnson said. "Then as the game wore on in the second half, really we were just trying to make sure we didn't lose anybody for next week."

Jaymason Lee completed 14 of 27 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown for Alabama A&M (4-8). The Bulldogs ended their season by losing five of seven.

Zach Laskey, Robert Godhigh, Days and Connors combined for five short-yardage TDs in the first half.

Sims scored on a 39-yard run, linebacker Quayshawn Nealy returned a fumble 18 yards and Harrison Butker added a 40-yard field goal to make it 52-0 at halftime.

Georgia Tech announced that it set a modern-day school record for points in a single half and the most since 1950.

Quarterback Tim Byerly ran for a 20-yard score in the closing minutes to make it 66-7.

Alabama A&M scored late in the fourth quarter when Lee's 20-yard TD pass to Demario Ross cut the lead to 59-7.

"No one wants to leave the game without scoring," Lee said. "I told the offense, 'Let's try to get on the board no matter how much time we've got.' "

Jackets linebacker Tyler Marcordes, making his first start of the season, had one interception, 1.5 sacks, three tackles and one forced fumble in the first half.

The sophomore's interception came against Terrance Pride on Alabama A&M's second play from scrimmage and set up the 6-yard run by Laskey that made it 14-0.

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