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No. 25 Tennessee pulls off remarkable 42-41 win over Ga Tech

ATLANTA (AP) This was a game Tennessee had no business winning.

What a boost for embattled coach Butch Jones in the season opener.

Despite getting dominated statistically and surrendering five rushing touchdowns to new Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall, the Volunteers rallied from a pair of two-touchdown deficits in the second half to somehow pull out a 42-41 victory in the second overtime Monday night.

Tennessee came up with a crucial turnover late in the fourth quarter, blocked a field goal attempt on the final play of regulation and stopped Marshall on an attempted 2-point conversion when the Yellow Jackets decided to go for the win rather than settle for a tying PAT that would have forced a third overtime.

''We talked all week about the will to win,'' Jones said. ''We knew this would be a game where we had to show some resolve, some grit.''

Did they ever.

Georgia Tech ran 96 plays, rushed for 535 yards and finished with 655 yards overall, compared to 59 plays and 369 yards for the Vols. The Yellow Jackets had 33 first downs and an overwhelming advantage in time of possession during regulation, holding the ball for 41 minutes, 27 seconds.

''It was a game we should've won,'' Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said, ''and we didn't.''

In a decision announced just minutes before kickoff, Marshall got the nod at quarterback over Matthew Jordan , the top backup to Justin Thomas the last two seasons. Johnson certainly made the right call there.

In his first college start, Marshall rushed for 249 yards - the most ever by a Georgia Tech QB - and also set a school record for rushing touchdowns with three in regulation and two more in overtime, the latter a 13-yard scamper in which he broke a tackle and reached the end zone standing.

''I'm looking forward to doing great things this season,'' Marshall said.

He already did.

But Tennessee finally figured out a way to stop him on the 2-point try.

Running to his right, Marshall wasn't able to get outside as the blocking broke down, so he attempted to cut inside. Going down short of goal line, he flung a desperation heave toward KirVonte Benson that appeared to possibly be a lateral. But the closest official immediately ruled an incomplete pass when the ball touched the turf, even though Benson tried to power into the end zone.

Game over.

''That should have been a walk-in,'' Johnson moaned. ''We screwed that up, so we didn't deserve to win.''

John Kelly scored the tying touchdown in regulation on an 11-yard run with 1:29 remaining, and then added two more TD runs in overtime. He finished with 128 yards rushing and four TDs.

Tennessee came up with a pair of turnovers, including J.J. Green's fumble when the Yellow Jackets appeared to be driving for a clinching score in regulation. Rashaan Gaulden stripped the ball and Micah Abernathy fell on it for the Vols at the 7 with 4:50 remaining.

Tennessee, with a new quarterback of its own, drove 93 yards to make it 28-all. Quinten Dormady, who beat out redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano as the replacement for Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick Joshua Dobbs , hooked up with Marquez Callaway on a 40-yard reception that gave the Vols a chance.

Georgia Tech drove into position for walk-on Shawn Davis' 36-yard field goal attempt on the final play of regulation. The kick was low, Paul Bain got a hand on it and the game carried on.

Tennessee went ahead for the first time all night on its final touchdown and PAT.

It was all that mattered to the Vols.

BAIN'S BLOCK

Some of the biggest cheers back in the Tennessee locker room were reserved for Bain, a walk-on who helped send the game went to overtime.

''I just fired off the line and things happened so fast,'' he said. ''I'm just glad I was able to get my hands on it.

Jones pointed out that Bain ''pays his own way for school'' and ''has two jobs to make ends meet.''

CALLAWAY EMERGES

Callaway stepped up big when top receiver Jauan Jennings went out with an injury in the first half.

The sophomore had a pair of touchdown catches and finished with four receptions for 115 yards.

''He sparked us and made some very, very key plays for us,'' Jones said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: A huge boost for a team that hasn't won a Southeastern Conference title since its national championship season of 1998 . There's a lot of work to do defensively, but Dormady bounced back from a shaky start to complete 20 of 37 for 221 yards. Callaway is surely headed for an increased role in the offense, especially if Jennings is out for an extended period with what appeared to be a hand or wrist injury.

Georgia Tech: It will be interesting to see how the Yellow Jackets bounce back from such a crushing defeat. Marshall proved a worthy successor at quarterback to three-year starter Justin Thomas, not only with his running ability but also showing a good arm (5 of 9 for 120 yards). Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the defense totally broke down toward the end of the game despite being on the sideline much of the night. There's also going to be a change at kicker after Davis missed a pair of field goals. Freshman signee Brenton King will get a shot in the next game, according to Johnson.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: The Vols host Indiana State in their home opener on Saturday.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets also face a six-day turnaround in their return to campus, hosting FCS school Jacksonville State at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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Scoring Summary
2nd Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion
16-T.Marshall incomplete. Intended for 30-K.Benson.
plays
yds
pos
42
41
Touchdown
16-T.Marshall runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
25
yds
pos
42
41
Point After TD
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
35
Touchdown
4-J.Kelly runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
14
yds
pos
41
35
Overtime
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
35
Touchdown
4-J.Kelly runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
4
plays
7
yds
pos
34
35
Point After TD
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
35
Touchdown
16-T.Marshall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
7
yds
pos
28
34
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:29
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
28
Touchdown 1:29
4-J.Kelly runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
45
yds
03:21
pos
27
28
Point After TD 11:49
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 11:49
12-Q.Dormady complete to 1-M.Callaway. 1-M.Callaway runs 50 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
3
yds
01:15
pos
20
28
Point After TD 13:08
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 13:08
16-T.Marshall runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
6
yds
01:52
pos
14
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:42
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 0:42
12-Q.Dormady complete to 1-M.Callaway. 1-M.Callaway runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
17
yds
02:32
pos
13
21
Point After TD 9:19
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 9:19
16-T.Marshall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
52
yds
05:36
pos
7
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:11
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 1:11
30-K.Benson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
17
plays
17
yds
07:00
pos
7
13
Point After TD 8:11
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:11
4-J.Kelly runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
-12
yds
02:30
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:06
88-S.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 0:06
16-T.Marshall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
28
yds
06:51
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 34
Rushing 6 29
Passing 10 4
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 5-12 13-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 369 655
Total Plays 59 96
Avg Gain 6.3 6.8
Net Yards Rushing 148 535
Rush Attempts 22 86
Avg Rush Yards 6.7 6.2
Net Yards Passing 221 120
Comp. - Att. 20-37 5-10
Yards Per Pass 6.0 12.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-104 2-10
Touchdowns 6 6
Rushing TDs 4 6
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-47.0 3-46.0
Return Yards 109 37
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-7
Kickoffs - Returns 4-109 2-30
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 6/6 5/7
Extra Points 6/6 5/5
Field Goals 0/0 0/2
Safeties 0 0
1234 OT OT2T
25 Tennessee 1-0 077147742
Georgia Tech 0-1 77777641
221 PASS YDS 120
148 RUSH YDS 535
369 TOTAL YDS 655
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Q. Dormady 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.1% 221 2 0 122.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.1% 221 2 0 122.1
Q. Dormady 20/37 221 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Kelly 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 128 4
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 128 4
J. Kelly 19 128 4 30
Q. Dormady 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
Q. Dormady 2 13 0 7
T. Chandler 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
T. Chandler 1 7 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 115 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 115 2
M. Callaway 4 115 2 50
J. Kelly 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 35 0
J. Kelly 5 35 0 10
Et. Wolf 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 33 0
Et. Wolf 4 33 0 14
J. Jennings 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 17 0
J. Jennings 3 17 0 7
B. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 14 0
B. Johnson 3 14 0 7
J. Palmer 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
J. Palmer 1 7 0 7
T. Byrd 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Byrd 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Jumper 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
18-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-1 0 0.0
C. Jumper 18-1 0.0 0
D. Bituli 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
16-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-7 0 0.0
D. Bituli 16-7 0.0 0
C. McDowell 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
C. McDowell 10-1 0.0 0
D. Taylor 19 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
D. Taylor 9-4 0.0 0
N. Warrior 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
N. Warrior 8-4 0.0 0
M. Abernathy 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
M. Abernathy 5-3 0.0 0
R. McKenzie Jr. 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
R. McKenzie Jr. 4-4 0.0 0
R. Gaulden 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
R. Gaulden 3-4 0.0 0
J. Kongbo 1 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
J. Kongbo 3-4 0.0 0
T. Kelly Jr. 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Kelly Jr. 2-0 0.0 0
Q. Picou 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
Q. Picou 2-1 0.0 0
E. Moseley 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Moseley 2-0 0.0 0
K. Vickers 39 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-5 0 0.0
K. Vickers 1-5 0.0 0
El. Berry 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
El. Berry 1-0 0.0 0
J. Palmer 5 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Palmer 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Medley 25 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 6/6
SEASON FG XP
0/0 6/6
A. Medley 0/0 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Daniel 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 47.0 5
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 47.0 5
T. Daniel 6 47.0 5 70
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Ev. Berry 29 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 43.0 51 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 43.0 51 0
Ev. Berry 2 43.0 51 0
Et. Wolf 82 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
Et. Wolf 1 9.0 9 0
T. Chandler 3 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
T. Chandler 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 120 0 0 167.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 120 0 0 167.6
T. Marshall 5/9 120 0 0
M. Jordan 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
M. Jordan 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Marshall 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
44 249 5
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 249 5
T. Marshall 44 249 5 28
K. Benson 30 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 124 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 124 1
K. Benson 26 124 1 15
N. Cottrell 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 79 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 79 0
N. Cottrell 6 79 0 38
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 36 0
J. Green 1 36 0 36
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 34 0
Q. Searcy 6 34 0 12
Q. Weimerskirch 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
Q. Weimerskirch 2 10 0 6
M. Jordan 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
M. Jordan 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Jeune 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 55 0
R. Jeune 2 55 0 44
Q. Searcy 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 42 0
Q. Searcy 1 42 0 42
B. Stewart 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
B. Stewart 2 23 0 15
Defense T-A SACK INT
La. Austin 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
La. Austin 6-1 0.0 0
T. Lewis 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Lewis 4-0 0.0 0
C. Griffin 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
C. Griffin 4-1 0.0 0
B. Mitchell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
B. Mitchell 4-2 0.0 0
K. Freeman 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
K. Freeman 3-1 0.0 0
La. Austin 17 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
La. Austin 2-1 0.0 0
S. Durham 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
S. Durham 2-2 0.0 0
D. Branch 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Branch 2-1 0.0 0
J. Johnson 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Johnson 1-1 0.0 0
B. Glanton 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
B. Glanton 1-1 0.0 0
K. Cerge-Henderson 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Cerge-Henderson 1-1 0.0 0
V. Alexander 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
V. Alexander 1-1 0.0 0
A. Gray 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Gray 1-1 0.0 0
L. Simmons 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Simmons 1-0 0.0 0
A. Simmons 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Simmons 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Davis 88 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
0/2 5/5
S. Davis 0/2 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
P. Harvin III 27 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 46.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 46.0 1
P. Harvin III 3 46.0 1 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Green 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 20 0
J. Green 2 15.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Stewart 83 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 4 0
B. Stewart 2 3.5 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 TENN 40 1:32 5 10 Punt
11:19 TENN 18 1:42 3 9 Punt
7:24 TENN 20 0:15 3 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 GATECH 45 0:41 3 6 Punt
10:41 GATECH 46 2:30 9 -12 TD
1:11 TENN 28 1:00 7 23
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:19 TENN 25 1:40 3 9 Punt
3:14 TENN 30 2:32 9 70 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:04 TENN 39 1:15 6 3 TD
8:49 TENN 37 0:42 3 4 Punt
4:50 TENN 7 3:21 9 93 TD
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
GATECH 25 5 25 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:14 GATECH 18 1:45 3 8 Punt
9:27 GATECH 29 1:55 3 3 Punt
6:57 GATECH 14 6:51 13 28 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:02 GATECH 5 3:15 8 41
8:11 GATECH 25 7:00 17 17 TD
0:07 GATECH 44 0:00 1 13 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 GATECH 20 5:36 13 80 TD
7:30 GATECH 15 4:10 9 55 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GATECH 36 1:52 6 6 TD
11:45 GATECH 13 2:43 5 16 Punt
8:00 GATECH 11 2:58 6 82
1:29 GATECH 25 1:26 8 -5 End of quarter
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
TENN 25 6 7 TD
2OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
TENN 25 4 25 End of game