After Pulling Off 2 OT Win Vs. Tech

After Pulling Off 2 OT Win Vs. Tech

But despite an alignment advantage on an option play to the right, Marshall couldn't find enough daylight to the end zone, and his desperation pitch was ruled an incomplete pass, sealing the win for Tennessee.

Tennessee, on the other hand, played Georgia Tech on Monday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium and had to endure a double overtime 42-41 come-from-behind victory over the Yellow Jackets. Kelly punched in a touchdown from one yard out in the first overtime to match a one-yard touchdown run by Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall and keep the game timed at 35-35. He was also 5-of-9 for 120 yards through the air.

A highly competitive runner, Kelly is physical in his approach by aggressively attacking tacklers and grinding out yards after contact. They deserve as much credit for the win as Georgia Tech's mistakes. He followed up with three more crucial grabs, totaling four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. This February, as he landed the seventh-best recruiting class in the SEC, Jones said that "the only five-star that we even concern ourselves with is a five-star heart". Sure, defending the triple option is hard, but the best times to face it are during bowl games and the first game of the season - when you have plenty of time to prepare. Former Tennessee player and coach Bowden Wyatt joined that exclusive club in 1997 and Johnson City's Steve Spurrier became the fourth just this year. Simple. He started throwing the ball in the direction of sophomore wide receiver Marquez Callaway. We tried to make the play at the time, but it might have been a little selfish of me.

"We found out when we were still on the field that Jauan would be out", Callaway said. But the Yellow Jackets failed to record a sack and rarely got heat on Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady, who was making his first start. The big play on the drive was a 44-yard pass from Marshall to Ricky Jeune.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Georgia Tech leads Tennessee 21-14.

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Tennessee went into overtime for the second-consecutive season opener. The Yellow Jackets did not trail in regulation, twice leading by two touchdowns.

Going for two in the second overtime was not the right call.

"KirVonte played great", Marshall said.

Motuapuaka led the Hokies with 12 tackles while posting a sack and two quarterback hurries in the No. 21 Hokies' 31-24 victory over No. 22 West Virginia. That was the way things stood at the half.

(10:41 - 2nd) TaQuon Marshall fumble on 3rd and 7 forced by Daniel Bituli, recovered by Cortez McDowell.

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A shortage of big plays was among the chief failings of the Jackets' defense last season, particularly through the first eight games.

And given the problems the Jackets had kicking the ball, as well as on defense, in the second half, it made Johnson's decision after the second of two touchdowns the two teams exchanged the extra frames easier.

Davis also missed a 36-yard field goal at the buzzer that would have won the game.

Time will tell if Benson and Marshall can continue to bear out their coach's confidence, and if the defense and kicking game can earn more of his trust.

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