Recap: Tennessee-Georgia score, stats, analysis for Week 1 game (9/4/2017)

Tennessee and Georgia Tech meet Monday, September 4, at 8 p.m. in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to cap off Week 1 of the 2017 college football season. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.

Tennessee-Georgia Tech live updates, score

FINAL SCORE: Tennessee 42, Georgia Tech 41

— The 2-point conversion comes up short and the Vols survive a double-overtime thriller.

Second overtime

Tennessee 42, Georgia Tech 41

— Georgia Tech lines up to go for the 2-point conversion and win. Tennessee calls timeout before the snap.

— TaQuon Marshall scores from 13. He has 44 carries for 249 yards and 5 TDs. Will Jackets go for the win or kick the PAT?

Tennessee 42, Georgia Tech 35

— Kelly scores from the 2 — his fourth TD of the night — and the Vols lead for the first time all game. Jackets get the ball next and have to score a TD.

— Vols get the ball first. They’re on the 2 after a pass interference against GT.

First overtime

Georgia Tech 35, Tennessee 35

— TaQuon Marshall scores from the 1. GT has 510 rushing yards. Vols get the ball next and have to score a TD to avoid the loss.

— First-and-goal at the 1 for Georgia Tech.

— Jackets get the ball first at the 25.

Fourth quarter

— 36-yard attempt is blocked. We’re going to overtime.

— Butch Jones uses his final two timeouts to ice Davis. Davis missed a 47-yarder earlier.

— Georgia Tech is down to the Tennessee 19 with 3 seconds left. Jackets burn their final timeout. Shawn Davis has missed his only FG attempt tonight.

Tennessee 28, Georgia Tech 28

— John Kelly 16 yards to the 11 and then 11 yards to paydirt. 15 carries, 106 yards for him. Tie ballgame with 1:29 to play.

— Dormady to Callaway for 40 yards — fantastic leaping catch in double coverage — and the Vols are knocking on the door.

— TURNOVER. Rashaan Gaulden forced a fumble and Micah Abernathy recovers on the Tennessee 7. Less than 5 minutes to play and a lot of green in front of the Vols.

— The Jackets answered with a defensive stand of its own, forcing a 3-and-out for UT. Tech has the ball on its 11 with 8 minutes left in the game.

— Vols get a big stop and get the ball back with 8:49 left on its 37. Dormady is 15 for 30 for 153 yards and 2 TDs. John Kelly has 72 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Georgia Tech 28, Tennessee 21

— Explosive play alert: Marquez Callaway takes a short pass from Dormady and turns it into a 50-yard score. The good thing: Still 11:49 left in the game. Vols need the defense to step up big on the next possession.

Georgia Tech 28, Tennessee 14

— The Jackets strike back quickly and this time it’s a 42-yard pass to the UT 7 that did the most damage. Marshall punched it in from the 6 for the TD.

— Georgia Tech opens with the ball after the Vols cut the lead to 7.

Third quarter

Georgia Tech 21, Tennessee 14

— Dormady hits Marquez Callaway for a 10-yard score after a John Kelly 30-yard run and the Vols are showing life. It’s the end of the third quarter. 15 minutes left.

— The Vols get a much-needed stop when the Jackets miss a 47-yard field goal. It’s time for Dormady to find his groove. Late third quarter, Tech still up by 14.

Georgia Tech 21, Tennessee 7

— TaQuon Marshall with a 1-yard TD run to stretch Tech’s lead. The key stats on that drive: Jackets ran 11 plays — they literally ran the ball every play — and ate up another 5:41 off the clock. The game is shortening and the Vols need a score.

— Out of the gates the news isn’t good for the Vols — their top receiver is finished for the night.

HALFTIME: Georgia Tech 14, Tennessee 7

Some stats for you:

Tennessee Category Georgia Tech
5 First downs 12
94 Total yards 226
8-42 Rushing 39-167
52 Passing  59
0 Turnovers 1
8:43 Possession 21:17
2-7 3rd downs 8-11

Second quarter

— One stat that is not favorable to the Vols: Tech has owned the ball for 21 minutes, 10 seconds of the first half. The Vols? The other 7:39 with just 1:11 left in the half.

Georgia Tech 14, Tennessee 7

— DirVonte Benson scores from the 1 on second down with 1:11 left to play in the half.

Tennessee 7, Georgia Tech 7

— John Kelly scores from the 1 with 8:11 left in the half to pull the Vols even.

— Tennessee comes up with a turnover after Daniel Bituli forced a fumble and Cortez McDowell recovered it. It’s first-and-10 Vols at the Georgia Tech 46 with more than 10 minutes to play in the half. Tech still leading, 7-0.

— Evan Berry returned the kickoff 51 yards to the Georgia Tech 45 and the Vols open the second quarter in Tech territory.

First quarter

Georgia Tech 7, Tennessee 0

— TaQuon Marshall punched in the game’s first score from the 1 with 6 seconds left in the first quarter. Georgia Tech drove 86 yards on 12 plays and ate up nearly 7 minutes of the clock.

— Quinten Dormady got the start for Tennessee at quarterback. The Vols received the opening kickoff and after John Kelly gained 7 yards on first down, Dormady hit Juauan Jennings for 5 yards and a first down. But the drive stalled and UT punted.

Tennessee-Georgia Tech game time, information

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Date: Monday, Sept. 4


Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Tennessee-Georgia Tech preview

Quarterback play

The Vols quarterbacks don’t have to win the game for their team — they just can’t lose it.

That means good decision making by Tennessee’s Quinten Dormady/Jarrett Guarantano, along with execution (clean snaps, accurate passes) and effective game management (no delay of games, proper protections/checks/audibles).

Vols defensive tackles

Now, more than ever, Tennessee needs Reginald McKenzie Jr. to live up to his 5-star billing. No player on defense has more pressure on him tonight in Atlanta than McKenzie, who has flashed brilliance at times, but has yet to win the highest praise of the coaching staff and teammates. This could be his breakthrough moment.

Senior Kendal Vickers has been appointed a game week captain, a reward for his tremendous offseason and his history of soldiering through bumps and bruises while producing the most consistent results. Shy Tuttle isn’t expected to play, so if Alexis Johnson or Quay Picou could provide a lift that would be a bonus.

Keep an eye out for true freshman Matthew Butler, who arrived at Tennessee with a championship mindset and a work ethic to match.

Running back John Kelly

Yes, No. 4 is only one player, but he’s the toughest player on the team and he’ll likely touch the ball more than any other skill position player on Monday night.

Kelly was recruited to play safety by Michigan State and Michigan, because he hit so hard at Oak Park High School.

Instead, be chose to be a tailback at Tennessee, and tonight will be an indication if he chose the right position — is John Kelly an NFL talent at running back?

Defensive coaching staff

The Magic Show. The Brady. Mr. Intensity. The Tennessee defensive coaching staff has years upon years of experience agains the triple option, but do they have the knack to teach how to defend it? More importantly, do they have the players that can execute their game plan?

Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop wisely prepared several layers of defense to face Georgia Tech, and now it’s time to cash in after Kirkland Jr. and Smith were lost to injury for this game.

If the scheme is sound, and the players are motivated, Tennessee should have the talent to get it done on defense Monday night in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

SEC Country picks

Blake Morgan’s pick: Tennessee 28, Georgia Tech 17

“Georgia Tech has a new quarterback, and their offense won’t have the continuity the option needs to be successful.”

Mike Griffith’s pick: Tennessee 21, Georgia Tech 16

“Tennessee’s special teams will lift the Vols in what figures to be a physical game of field position and conservative offensive play calling by both teams.”

Josh Ward’s pick: Tennessee 28, Georgia Tech 24

“Tennessee’s defense will make a big play that will prove to be the difference in the end.”

Dustin Dopirak’s pick: Tennessee 21, Georgia Tech 17

“Even with the injury to Darrin Kirkland, Tennessee has enough perimeter talent on defense to slow Georgia Tech’s option attack.”

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