No. 25 Tennessee holds off Georgia Tech in 2 OTs

Randolph Lopez
September 6, 2017

(13:08 - 4th) TaQuon Marshall 6 yard touchdown run. They deserved it, but football - like life itself - isn't fair.

But football's a cruel sport. But he saved his biggest play for the last when Georgia Tech elected to go for two points in the second overtime. Even had the ball not hit the ground first, sophomore running back KirVonte Benson was stopped just shy of the goaline. Tennessee coach Butch Jones and Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson have not announced who will start under center, as the No. 24 Volunteers and Georgia Tech begin their campaigns looking to replace long-time starting quarterbacks.

Until the last play, Marshall had orchestrated essentially a textbook Paul Johnson gameplan - consuming clock with controlled and sustained drives. I have a lot of respect for Georgia Tech. Bituli forced a Tech fumble and Cortez McDowell jumped on the miscue at the Yellow Jacket 46, and the Vols were in business.

Then: "We screwed that up". That should have been a walk-in. We spoke all week long about a will to win, and that was the kind of game to find out our will to win. With that type of firepower on offense, there's no reason to think the Georgia Tech couldn't return to the ACC championship game if it were to clean up its mistakes.

Of course, the defense didn't need to do very much in this contest because of how well the offense played, which was clearly the most pleasant surprise of the evening.

But lousy kicking and a collapsing defense undid everything, and it's not the first time in Johnson's time here we could say as much.

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Georgia Tech dominated time of possession 56:27 to 18:33 and still lost.

As of right now, Kelly is the most dynamic player on the team. But desperation heaves in this state work out only for the Orange and White.

Playing in his hometown, Adams earned the Wolfpack's highest grade on the offensive line in last Saturday's season-opening loss to SC.

It was a counter action.

"When we were getting taped (before the game) and he was talking about 'I'm going to show the world who I am today, '" said teammate Rashaan Gaulden. Give them credit: "We didn't and they knocked the ball out".

Additionally, Georgia Tech's six-game season-ticket package, which includes tickets to all six games to be played at Bobby Dodd Stadium in 2017, and its popular Flex Packs, which allow buyers to choose any three, four or five games that they wish to attend, are also still available. Alas, the right guard and right tackle didn't quite do what they were supposed to do, meaning block people. But Braun misses him, and that's where trouble first meets Marshall. Basically, the Vols offense was a train-wreck on Monday to start the game-One that I wish I could've looked away from-From drops, and throwing into quadruple coverage, to the offensive line not being able to protect the quarterback-stop me when you have heard that one before. (He's No. 53, coming from across the formation.) Suddenly, Marshall's numbers advantage has flipped to the Vols. Taylor, the end, meets Marshall head-on. "Our offense made big plays and our defense did, too".

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