Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech

Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech

Tennessee's defense faced Georgia Tech's triple option run-dominant offense and had to make adjustments to account for the Yellow Jackets in ways that won't translate to the Sycamores' attack. Tennessee scored on a quick play, the Yellow Jackets turned it over when they had a chance to seal it, and all of a sudden overtime was looming.

KirVonte Benson rushed 26 times for 124 yards and one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets.

The sophomore, who also forced a fumble that turned into a Tennessee second-quarter touchdown to tie the game, saw his career-high five tackles vanish in the first quarter alone, racking up six in the opening 15 minutes. Johnson's three-game winning streak against the East was finished, if ever so merely.

As tough as it will be for the Jackets to swallow that their offensive dominance left them 0-1 with only five days before they face Jacksonville State, there was one thing that should lift their spirits.

Tech got the ball to start the second half and tacked together another long scoring drive to go up 21-7. After all, it was the TaQuon Marshall show.

Jones ultimately made a decision to stick with the more-experienced Dormady during the game and he was rewarded as he wound up finishing 12-of-17 passing for 169 yards in the second half and overtime with two touchdown passes, including this one to Marquez Calloway who became his go-to target in the second half.

Johnson knows the flexbone option offense better than any person alive, so his word's unimpeachable here.

Well, that or play more games in the state of Georgia - where Team Chaos always has the upper hand.

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When most humans would have a hard time walking after all that, Marshall looked no worse for wear.

"I got two fingers, in the middle (on the ball)", said Bain, a walk-on defensive lineman transfer from Tusculum College. Matthew Jordan, TaQuon Marshall, Lucas Johnson and Jay Jones are all fighting to start tonight.

Johnson might have wished his worries about the kicking game were accurate.

Georgia Tech scored on its third possession, driving 86 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead. The big play on the drive was a 44-yard pass from Marshall to Ricky Jeune. The game was still a game only because the Jackets missed two field goals, one being blocked at the end of regulation, and lost two fumbles, one by J.J. Green that led to Tennessee's tying touchdown with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter. Last week, Johnson said that he was "worried a lot more about a zillion positions than I am quarterback". "I think we had the game under control down there in spite of being horrendous on special teams kicking the ball".

Upon Alexander's retirement in 1945, Dodd took aver and set the record for career wins at Georgia Tech (165-64-8) that include a 31-game unbeaten streak from 1951-53, won two SEC championship (1951, 1952) and the 1952 national championship.

The last play of Marshall's outing was a two-point conversion try that decided the game in double overtime. "We have a pretty good idea who the quarterback will be for us, and we have a pretty good idea who the quarterback will be for them as well", Jones told reporters this week. We spoke all week long about a will to win, and that was the kind of game to find out our will to win.

That's not to say that this loss won't sting for a while. "I was joking with my teammates before the game, 'I will not lose to that offense again, '" Bituli said.

"We had numbers on the back side", Marshall said. "He's resilient and I expect him to have a big year".

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