ATLANTA — Tennessee football got off to an amazing start Monday night, the Vols rallying for a 42-41 double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech.
Junior quarterback Quinten Dormady stayed cool under pressure in the second half, bringing his team back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter.
The defense found its fourth-quarter heroes, too, even after getting gashed for 655 total yards — 545 yards of it rushing.
Defensive back Rashaan Gaulden forced a fumble that Micah Abernathy recovered at the Tennessee 7-yard line with 4:50 left and the Yellow Jackets leading 28-21.
A third-down catch by John Kelly sustained the ensuing drive, and then sophomore Marquez Callaway came up with a 40-yard catch to put the Vols in scoring position and get the game into overtime.
Georgia Tech’s final attempt to win in regulation was foiled when walk-on Paul Bain blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt.
Tennessee’s final stand came in the second overtime, when the Yellow Jackets attempted to win on a 2-point conversion and Vols’ defensive end Darrell Taylor stopped the quarterback behind the line.
Those were the highlights, but there was so much more to Tennessee’s win, and now there is so much more ahead for the Vols to work on before their game at Florida in less than two weeks.
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward break it down in today’s podcast.
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