"John Kelly sparked us as well".
For all the mishaps, struggles and at times downright ugly play, the Vols found a way to win.
Kelly was pretty much as advertised in the Vols' win.
Tennessee got thoroughly outplayed for 55 minutes before the Yellow Jackets fumbled while threatening to score again while on the Tennessee 7-yard line up seven points.
"I think our football team showed its grit", Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. We spoke all week long about a will to win, and that was the kind of game to find out our will to win. Though the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets looked to be in the driver's seat against the Tennessee Volunteers all game, it was Rocky Top that came out on top in double overtime, 42-21.
He set game records for most points (30), touchdowns, most rushing touchdowns, most yardage and most carries. "I'm ready to lead the team and do great things this year". Somehow the Jackets are 0-1.
Davis had a 36-yard field goal attempt blocked on the final play of regulation.
Dormady, who spent the past two seasons backing up starter Joshua Dobbs, hardly looked up to his new challenge at the outset.
Key play: Marshall continued to befuddle the Vols, keeping and winding his way for a 28-yard run to the Vols' 6.
You can doubt the gameplans; the Vols gave up more than 600 yards of offense for the fourth time in five games dating back to last season, allowing more than 400 yards rushing for the third time in that span. His two TD receptions tied a game record. Sophomore receiver Marquez Callaway, with leading receiver Jauan Jennings injuries and unable to return, stepped to the forefront.
The Yellow Jackets received a huge blow a few weeks ago when running back Dedrick Mills was dismissed from the team. The only time Tennessee caught up to him was on the night's final play.
Given eight months to prepare for Johnson's stylized offense, the favored Volunteers had forced one Tech punt since 7 ½ minutes remained in the first quarter. "I thought he played well, too".
Even with all that, with the entire conference schedule yet to unfold, Johnson pointed out, "This doesn't do anything to your goals other than it's a game that we should have won, and we didn't". "I think our timing was a little off to start the game, and once we settled in ... we put some drives together". We didn't. They did. Although the Jackets never led by double digits in the first half, they were moving the ball so well that it seemed like Tennessee was behind by three touchdowns heading into the locker room.
Tennessee went into overtime for the second-consecutive season opener, using three rushes and an extra point by Aaron Medley to score in the first period after Georgia Tech crossed the plane on their possession to keep the game tied, 35-35.
Jones called two timeouts to hopefully rattle Davis. But the kick was low, Paul Bain got a hand on it and the game went to OT.
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