Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson runs onto the field with his players before in the first half of an NCAA college football game against the Tennessee Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Photo: John Bazemore/AP
Photo: John Bazemore/AP

And then Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said ...

Opening comment:

“Well, I was sorely disappointed with the outcome. I think there were some positives that we can build on in the game. Our young guys on offense I thought went out and played pretty well. The quarterback, the B-back. You know, the last fumble killed us. I think we've got the game in control down there, in spite of being horrendous on special teams, kicking the ball. I think we could have scored there, run the clock down, and I'm not sure they would have had enough time to score twice, but we didn't, they did. You give them credit. The guy knocked the ball out, and at the end there, I just felt like we had a better chance of getting a two-point conversion than we did of stopping them. They had scored twice on three plays in two overtimes. The second half, once they got rolling, there wasn't much stopping them.”

Report card: Tennessee 42, Tech 41 (2 OT) 

On quarterback TaQuon Marshall:

“He played his tail off. I thought he played tremendously, and I knew he was going to be the starter for about two and a half or three weeks. He gives us a guy - he can actually throw the ball well, too. We didn't throw it a lot. But I thought he played well. I thought KirVonte (Benson) ran hard. I thought he played well, too.”

Johnson explains failed two-point conversion 

On the impact of the loss:

“I don't think I've ever been in a game where you run 96 plays and have 655 yards and lose.”

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson runs onto the field with his players before in the first half of an NCAA college football game against the Tennessee Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Photo: John Bazemore/AP

On plans for kicking game:

“Try a different kicker, I guess. You know, it was disappointing. I mean, either of those field goals ices the game, too. The one at the end of the game is 36 yards. He kicked that thing head high … So you know, we'll give the other kid a chance and see what he does.”

Georgia Tech’s special team woes 

On impact on the rest of the season:

“This doesn't do anything to your goals other than it's a game that we should have won, and we didn't. So we've got to play a team here on three days' rest that's pretty good. You know, my big concern right now is those kids on offense that just played 96 plays, and then they have to turn around and play again on Saturday. There won't be a whole lot of practicing going on. We'll have to try to get them rested to play.”

Jackets’ second-half flounders

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