Needing to change his luck, Marshall crowd-sourced his call prior to the game.
“(Friday), I went down my side of the locker room and the first person I asked was Qua (Searcy),” Marshall said. “I said, ‘What do you want today, heads or tails?’ He said, ‘I’m liking tails.’ I asked everybody else. I said, ‘What do y’all want?’ I said, ‘Tails sound good?’ They said, ‘Yeah, that sounds good.’ I went up to (fellow captain Brant Mitchell). I said, ‘How do you feel about tails?’ He said, ‘I’m good with it.’ Went out there, called tails, looked at the coin, and it was heads.”
As it turned out, it was a fortuitous loss. Louisville elected to receive the opening kickoff, giving the Yellow Jackets the ball to start the second half. The Cardinals went for it on fourth-and-1 from midfield on the opening drive, but their deep pass failed, giving Tech a short field, which it exploited to take a 7-0 lead.
After halftime, Tech took the opening kickoff and drove 79 yards for a touchdown that expanded the lead to 38-17. The Jackets won handily, 66-31.
For good measure, Tech’s coin-toss losing streak actually extends three games into last season. The odds of losing nine consecutive coin tosses is one in 512.
Next Saturday, Marshall and Mitchell will place their coin-toss fortunes in the hands of Duke’s captains at midfield of Bobby Dodd Stadium.
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